*AFP/File Photo: Bulgarian nurses Valia Cherveniashlka (R) and Valentina Siropolou, convicted along with a Palestinian doctor and…
AFP – A Libyan court on Sunday gave five condemned Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor two more weeks to prepare their defence against charges of slandering the police whom they accuse of torture.
You will never get a moonbat or the ‘human rights’ nutjobs demonstrate on their behalf. They rather march for the likes of Hicks aka Mohammed Dawood:
TRIPOLI (AFP) – A Libyan court on Sunday gave five condemned Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor two more weeks to prepare their defence against charges of slandering the police whom they accuse of torture.
The trial was adjourned until March 25 at the request of defence counsel Othman al-Bizanti.
The six medics who have been condemned to death for injecting Libyan children with HIV reiterated charges made at the last court hearing in February that they were tortured in prison.
They also denied accusations of slandering police officers.
“You should be ashamed of your crimes,” Palestinian physician Ashraf Ahmad Juma told the two police officers in court. “You tortured us and now you are prosecuting us.”
The medics have said they gave false confessions after being tortured and have denied charges of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with the virus that causes AIDS.
The slander charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
The six medics are on death row for having allegedly infected over 400 Libyan children with HIV-tainted blood at a hospital in the northeastern town of Benghazi. More than 50 of the children have died of AIDS.
The sentence was handed down on the basis of confessions by two of the nurses and the doctor, although the medics, who have already spent eight years in a Libyan prison, retracted these in court.
The medics, largely viewed as scapegoats by the international community, maintain their innocence based on testimony by foreign health experts who said the Benghazi AIDS epidemic was sparked by poor hygiene.
The six launched a last appeal against their death sentences on February 17.