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Bulgaria told to pay to save jailed medics

August 19, 2005
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - Libya called on the Bulgarian government to negotiate a payment to win amnesty for five Bulgarian medics and a Palestinian sentenced to death for allegedly infecting 400 children with the AIDS virus.

Libya has come under intense pressure from European nations and the United States to free the medics, amid accusations by human-rights groups that the government concocted the charges to cover up unsafe practices in its hospitals and clinics.

The six medical workers, rounded up in 1999, were sentenced to death last year on charges they infected the children with HIV-contaminated blood in an experiment to find a cure for AIDS. Libya said about 50 of the infected children have died. But in May, a court postponed a ruling in the defendants' appeal of their convictions until November, raising hopes Libya might free them.