Libyan Court Upholds Death for Nurses

Financial settlement with families could result in reprieve
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2007 8:13 AM CDT
Bulgarian Rosen Markov unfurls a poster which reads 'INNOCENT' and pictures in support of the five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya, during a protest in front of Libya's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Libya's Supreme Court today upheld the death sentences handed down to six Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with HIV. But the medics, whose trial has provoked international outrage, may get a reprieve via a financial settlement with the kids' families.

The EU and the Libyan government have been involved in brokering a financial settlement, one of the parents reports, and the deal should be made public in days. A body called the High Judiciary Council, which has the power to overrule the Supreme Court, is expected to rule on the 6-year-old case Monday.  Experts have long said that the infections were caused by poor hygiene before the medics arrived.