Palestinian doctor may move to NL

6th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 August 2007, AMSTERDAM (AP) - A doctor freed from a death sentence in Libya for allegedly infecting children with the HIV virus has made his first trip to the Netherlands, where he apparently intends to live close to his parents, a Dutch daily reported Sunday.

6 August 2007

AMSTERDAM (AP) - A doctor freed from a death sentence in Libya for allegedly infecting children with the HIV virus has made his first trip to the Netherlands, where he apparently intends to live close to his parents, a Dutch daily reported Sunday.

Ashraf al-Hazouz, an Egyptian-born Palestinian who was freed on 24 July along with five Bulgarian nurses, was photographed embracing his smiling parents. The parents wore T-shirts bearing the phrase in poor Dutch that his mother used after greeting her son for the first time last month: "I have great happy."

Al-Hazouz told reporters in the Dutch town of Woerden that he was weighing legal options against Libya, which he said had made a mockery of the law by imprisoning the six medics for more than eight years, De Telegraaf reported. It said he was to meet a lawyer on Monday.

The six were condemned to death but the sentences were commuted to life imprisonment and the prisoners were released to the custody of Bulgaria, which immediately granted them a pardon on their arrival in Sofia.

While still in prison, the six filed lawsuits against Libyan officers whom they accused of torture. Libya has rejected the charges.

Al-Hazouz spent the first weeks of freedom in Bulgaria, which had granted him citizenship. He said in Woerden, the town where his parents live near Utrecht, that he was thinking of moving to the Netherlands, but would return to Bulgaria later this week. The Dutch government granted his parents and sister political asylum in 2005.

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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