Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The verdict on the five Bulgarian nurses is guilty, and they have been sentenced to death. A very sad day for justice; it's also a sad day for diplomacy, as the pressure on Libya to release the nurses was intense. They can appeal though. And the medical evidence (in an article in Nature) shows that the children were infected with HIV before the nurses started working at the hospital, and an HIV expert agrees that HIV was in the hospital before they got there, then the Supreme Court had better take this information into consideration. Unfortunately, Libya isn't very receptive to pressure from the outside, although Libya has asked for compensation from Bulgaria, to no effect.