Minister concerned over Bulgarian nurses' plight

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11 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed Wednesday concern about five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor after Libya's Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence passed on them.

11 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed Wednesday concern about five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor after Libya's Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence passed on them.

Steinmeier said he was worried that there appeared no end to their suffering. Bulgaria joined the European Union at the start of 2007.

The German foreign minister said he hoped that the attempts he had made during Berlin's EU presidency to secure the release of the nurses and the doctor would eventually result in their freedom.

The nurses and the doctor have been charged with deliberately infecting more than 400 Libyan children with HIV/AIDS. They have been in jail since 1999.

While expressing sympathy with the families of the children, Steinmeier called on the Libyan justice system to find "a responsible solution" in the case.


DPA

Subject: German news

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