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Verdict awaited in Libya HIV trial


A verdict is expected today from a Libyan court trying six Bulgarian medical personnel and a Palestinian doctor accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV, the virus that can lead to Aids.

All the defendants - as well as nine Libyans facing similar charges - have pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution alleges the children were deliberately treated with blood products contaminated with HIV at a hospital in Benghazi.

The indictment said the action was part of a conspiracy by foreign intelligence to undermine Libya's security and its role in the Arab world.

The case has stirred up deep passions in Bulgaria, and the country's Foreign Minister, Solomon Passy, is in Tripoli to discuss the trial and await the result.


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Information in this article was accurate in December 22, 2001. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.