1 million dlrs per child in Bulgarian nurses AIDS case: Report

Sofia media reports Sunday said a settlement deal would entail compensation of one million dollars per child in the case of five Bulgarian nurses condemned for infecting some 400 Libyan children with HIV/AIDS.

1 million dlrs per child in Bulgarian nurses AIDS case: Report
On the eve of Libya's next judicial step in the case of five Bulgarian nurses condemned for infecting some 400 Libyan children with HIV/AIDS, Sofia media reports Sunday said a settlement deal would entail compensation of one million dollars per child.

Bulgarian state media reports, looking ahead to Monday's session of the Supreme Judicial Council to review last week's Supreme Court verdict upholding a death penalty, were all unanimous in citing the one million dollar figure in a compensation settlement.

Previously, no figures had been cited in a possible financial settlement. The Bulgarian media cited an association of the nurses' parents as the source for the settlement deal.

The reports come a day before the nine-member council was to meet to decide on a possible pardon for the five nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been held in Bulgaria in the case going back to 1999.

On Saturday, it was reported in Sofia that the six medics had signed a request for a pardon to be presented to the judicial council.

The reports said that to expedite their request, the five women would present an affidavit declaring they would take no future legal action against Libya for the eight years they had spent in prison.

Libya's Supreme Court on July 11 had upheld the death verdicts against the five nurses and doctor for allegedly intentionally infecting some 400 children with HIV/AIDS.

The accused insisted on their innocence, while international legal and medical experts believed they had been made scapegoats by Libya for the unhygienic conditions in the country's hospitals.

Further signs of a possible settlement had emerged on Friday, when Foreign Minister Avajlo Kalfin reported on the efforts by the nurses to gain a pardon and confirmed that the Libyan government and the Gaddafi Foundation was "very strongly engaged" in the negotiations for a compensation deal with the families of the victims.

Also on Friday, the Bulgarian newspaper 24 Tschassa had reported that the families of the children had agreed to accept compensation in lieu of the death sentences being carried out.


DPA

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2007, 16:23
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