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Libyan cliffhanger: verdict today


The decision is due

Madness blossoms like a devilish flower

The Libyan court case is marked by agitation in the street by families calling for a guilty verdict, Bulgarian press kept out of the court, etc. as the following Sofia news agency Novinite report tells (3.30 am New York time).

Bulgaria is against the reparations demanded, saying it would be an admission of guilt.

Lawyer Osman Bizanti was attacked on the way entering a Libyan court minutes ahead of the start of a session expected to announce the verdicts on five Bulgarian medics.Darik News reported the situation both inside and outside the courtroom is extremely tense, which has called for massive police presence in the area.

All 11 Bulgarian journalists are still staying outside the court after Libyan authorities tried to bargain that only few of them enter the building.

“We firmly opposed and insist that all must attend the hearing; moreover, there are some 30 arab media already inside,” Zheni Marcheva from Darik News reported.

Bulgarian Ambassador to Libya Alexander Olshevski is expect to attend the court hearing, along with a number of other foreign diplomats.

Bulgaria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev, who landed surprisingly on Libyan soil, will follow the court proceedings at the Embassy.

Our optimistic prediction:

Qaddafi won’t dare to flout international opinion on this one. The nurses and doctor will go free, appear on Larry King and write a best seller.

In all the attention and examination their story will attract, the science of HIV∫AIDS will finally be exposed for the pretense it is.

Ultimate result: Luc Montagnier and Peter Duesberg will share the Nobel Peace prize for saving the world from HIV∫AIDS think.

Focus News Agency report:

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Libyan Supreme Court Expected to Announce Sentences of the Bulgarian nurses19 December 2006 | 08:03 | FOCUS News Agency

Sofia. Today the Libyan Supreme Court is expected to announce the sentences of the Bulgarian nurses, who have been in Libya since 1999.

The nurses Kristiana Valcheva, Nasya Nenova, Valentina Siropulo, Valya Chervenyashka and Snezhana Dimitrova and Dr. Zdravko Georgiev were charged with deliberately infecting 393 Libyan children with HIV in a Libyan hospital. The evidence is claimed to be the confessions of Kristiana and Valya – confessions, they later said were extracted by torture.

After multiple delays of the case and bringing it back to retrial, the Libyan court sentenced the Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinain doctor to death by firing squad. Dr. Zdravko Georgiev was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment. He was released because the time, passed since his detention, exceeded his sentence.

The appeal of the death sentences was launched days after the sentence was announced.

On December 25th 2005 the Supreme Court of Cassation cancelled the death sentences of the five Bulgarian nurses and brought the case back for retrial.

An International Fund for assistance to families of HIV-infected children is created in Tripoli.

The prosecution requested confirmation of the death sentences on 29 August.

The opinion of world-famous medical experts and the International community were left unheard.

Following is a chronology of key events in the case. (Source: Reuters)

Feb 1999 – Nineteen Bulgarian medical workers in Libya detained in connection with investigation into how children in a hospital in the eastern town of Benghazi became infected with the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Thirteen are later freed.

Feb 2000 – Trial of six Bulgarians – five female nurses and a male doctor – and a Palestinian doctor and nine Libyans opens at Tripoli People’s Court. They are accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV-contaminated blood products as part of conspiracy by foreign intelligence to undermine Libya. Libyan defendants are charged with negligence.

June 2, 2001 – Defendants plead not guilty. Two Bulgarian nurses retract confessions, alleging they were tortured. Libya denies this.

Feb 17, 2002 – People’s Court, which tries national security cases, returns trial to ordinary court citing insufficient evidence that defendants acted against Libyan security.

Sept 3, 2003 – French doctor Luc Montagnier, who first detected the HIV virus, testifies the epidemic broke out a year before the arrival of the Bulgarians.

Sept 8 – Libyan prosecutors demand death sentences for the six Bulgarians and Palestinian accused. They demand nine Libyan officers charged with torturing the medics be tried separately.

May 6, 2004 – Libyan court sentences five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor to death for deliberately infecting 426 children. The Bulgarian doctor is acquitted. The nine Libyans are acquitted. Torture charges against the Libyan officers are transferred to a Tripoli court. Bulgaria, the European Union and the United States condemn the death sentences as “absurd”.

Dec 5 – Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Shalgam says will discuss overturning sentences if Bulgaria offers compensation. Bulgaria refuses, saying that would be an admission of guilt.

May 28, 2005 – Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov, visiting Libya, meets children with HIV in Benghazi and the nurses in a Tripoli prison.

June 7 – A Tripoli court acquits nine Libyan policemen and a doctor of torturing the nurses.

Oct 17 – U.S. President George W. Bush urges Libya to free the medics.

Dec 19 – Supreme Court brings forward its appeal hearing to Dec. 25.

Dec 23 – Bulgaria, Libya, the EU and the United States agree to set up fund to help to the Libyan children and their families.

Dec 25 – Libya’s Supreme Court scraps death sentences against the nurses and the Palestinian doctor, sends the case back to a lower court for retrial.

Jan 21, 2006 – Families demand total of 4.4 billion euros ($5.6 billion) from donors trying to end the standoff.

April 22, 2006 – Libya court sets May 11 date for retrial.

April 28 – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Bulgarian nurses have been detained for too long.

July 4 – Defendants again deny charges.

Aug 8 – AIDS outbreak was deliberate, prosecution says.

Aug 29- Prosecutor demands death penalty.

Oct 31 – Neglect caused HIV infections, the defence says.

Nov 4 – Judgement day set for Dec 19.

Bulgarian Journalists Entering Courtroom in Tripoli

19 December 2006 | 11:00 | FOCUS News Agency

Libyan Defender of Bulgarian Nurses Enters Courtroom Frustrated

19 December 2006 | 10:19 | FOCUS News Agency

None of Bulgarian Journalists Will Attend Court Session on Libyan AIDS Case in Tripoli as a Sing of Protest

19 December 2006 | 09:40 | FOCUS News Agency

Libya Today: Idris Aga and Libyan Scientists Call a Press Conference in London

19 December 2006 | 08:32 | FOCUS News Agency

Nurses in Libya Will Hear for the Third Time Decision of Libyan Court

19 December 2006 | 08:24 | FOCUS News Agency

Libyan Supreme Court Expected to Announce Sentences of the Bulgarian nurses

19 December 2006 | 08:03 | FOCUS News Agency

At Stake In Libyan HIV Trial: EU Relations

19 December 2006 | 03:20 | FOCUS News Agency

10 Responses to “Libyan cliffhanger: verdict today”

  1. McKiernan Says:

    Perhaps one’s optimism ought be guarded as this news release on Fox News has been there since early this morning.

    Nurses, Doctor Condemned to Death for Infecting 400 Children with HIV in Libya

  2. TS Says:

    Wake up McK, the post came before the session. You don’t have any more intelligent or emotional reaction to what may be a signal event in HIV∫AIDS paradigm politics?

    Read the next post for more blind optimism.

  3. McKiernan Says:

    Excuse me, TS

    The fact is my homepage is foxnews.com and I read the verdict within minutes of your post Libyan cliffhanger and if I am not mistaken prior to its posting here at NAR. It doesn’t make a difference. You are entitled to a victory on this bombing run if you wish.

    Yet, it is disappointing to see your bias in challenging my emotions and intelligence. Had you reviewed the results of the first Libyan trail, the death penalty was also the verdict.

    So I maintain your prior optimism heretofore is ill-founded.

    Perhaps, one might ask. What is a signal event in HIV∫AIDS paradigm politics ? The new rethinkers seemingly glom on to any media or news blurb to announce how everything hiv/aids is rotten and going straight to science hell.

    Example: Friday last, I’m listening to America’s doctor, Dr. Dean Edell comment on radio on the NYT circumcision article. He brought out the stupidity of the recommendation of african male surgery procedures and advised soap and water without any of the rethinker blather about paradigms. analysis.

    Rethinkers, they find ghosts in any media report.

    Now, consider the Libyan trial. 400 children became hiv + and are ill . Not withstanding the bulgarians, why isn’t that a topic on NAR. How did those children become hiv positive and ill ? Why aren’t they a science topic on NAR ?

    Why doesn’t that take precedence over Hanks World, some canadian guy, and Luke (Luc)and Duke (Dues) getting a nobel prize. Your priorities are challengeable.

    This stuff is crazy. And you should be grateful to some of the more intelligent commenters.

  4. Michael Says:

    Actually McK, I think it would be better worded that 400 children were diagnosed as hiv +, and not, as you said: “400 children became hiv + and are ill.

    It would be difficult for us to investigate or even ponder this, because what does it mean that the children “are ill”? Of course they are, or were ill, as they supposedly got HIV while they lived in a damn hospital.

    Why were they living there in the first place?

    Just how clean are the hospitals in third world and poverty stricken Libya?

    The children are ill with exactly what?

    Libya is a very poor third world country and the tuberculosis and hepatitis rates there are very high, as in the rest of Africa. Both are known and proven to cause false positives on Elisa and Western Blot HIV tests.

    Who knows what exactly these supposedly HIV positive and supposedly ill kids are suffering from, and I don’t think we can even find out as Libya is fairly closed off to the Western World (probably quite lucky for them as far as HIV and AIDS go), but I certainly doubt that the Libyan kids have Kaposi’s Sarcoma, or PCP pneumonia.

  5. Michael Says:

    And furthermore Mck, All can see exactly what the issue in Libya isreally all about, as the government of Libya is demanding a ransom of billions to be paid to the government of Libya in exchange for the accused, not money to be given to the kids or their supposedly distraught families.

  6. Truthseeker Says:

    Excuse me, TS The fact is my homepage is foxnews.com and I read the verdict within minutes of your post Libyan cliffhanger and if I am not mistaken prior to its posting here at NAR. It doesn’t make a difference. You are entitled to a victory on this bombing run if you wish.

    Good Heavens McK are you against the humble blogger retiring to the captain’s cabin at 4.03 am? This is not an oil tanker navigating the Alaskan coast you know.

    Yet, it is disappointing to see your bias in challenging my emotions and intelligence. Had you reviewed the results of the first Libyan trail, the death penalty was also the verdict.

    NAR has no bias, you haven’t noticed this? We specialize in academic and scientific objectivity, one of the last corners of the USA where this ethos still rules. Certainly we would never challenge your stove stoking emotions and your Concorde bang intelligence. We were merely asking you to enable both and give us the benefit, instead of shyly confining yourself to a tentative scheduling point actually irrelevant to this blog, which is not a hot news blog but a thinking blog, a science critic’s blog whose purpose it is to guard science against the religious and venal impulses (in fact we are about to rechristen it Science Guardian, as soon as our Webmaster returns from his holiday).

    So I maintain your prior optimism heretofore is ill-founded.

    Sad to say, it was meant ironically, since we feel very little hope for reform in this entire arena, let alone the den of anti-science that is Qaddafi’s kingdom.

    Perhaps, one might ask. What is a signal event in HIV∫AIDS paradigm politics ? The new rethinkers seemingly glom on to any media or news blurb to announce how everything hiv/aids is rotten and going straight to science hell.

    Example: Friday last, I’m listening to America’s doctor, Dr. Dean Edell comment on radio on the NYT circumcision article. He brought out the stupidity of the recommendation of african male surgery procedures and advised soap and water without any of the rethinker blather about paradigms. analysis.

    Rethinkers, they find ghosts in any media report.

    Now, consider the Libyan trial. 400 children became hiv + and are ill . Not withstanding the bulgarians, why isn’t that a topic on NAR. How did those children become hiv positive and ill ? Why aren’t they a science topic on NAR ?

    Wake up and have a coffee, McK, that point was dealt with in the previous Libyan posts. There is no answer save the general questionability of every assumption of HIV∫AIDS-think by which the status of the babes is reckoned. They were probably tested with Elisas that cross reacted with North African Arab HERVS of some kind and given nevirapine.

    Who knows? Life is too short to speculate about the way reality has been twisted by ignorance fed with superstition masquerading as science courtesy of NIAID propaganda and censorship under the hand of Dr Anthony “Who me?” Fauci.

    If you think that the babes were diagnosed correctly, and that the Bulgarians gave them AIDS with dirty needles, or the hospital staff did, then good luck to you, you have certainly gotten around the problem of how they could have sexually transmitted it to each other somewhat precociously.

    All we can repeat is that we noticed none of this information gathered in the news reports we read of yore or current. What’s with these expense account scribes? if you are asking that question, we agree with you.

    Why doesn’t that take precedence over Hanks World, some canadian guy, and Luke (Luc)and Duke (Dues) getting a nobel prize. Your priorities are challengeable.

    Warning: irony intended.

    This stuff is crazy. And you should be grateful to some of the more intelligent commenters.

    Every word you write is welcome, McK, for its laid back good humor about a topic that is pretty well done now, analyzed to heck, solved, as far as we are concerned, and we minister unto the laggards that are bringing up the rear, but see no unaccounted for phenomena, no puzzles unsolved, and really have nothing to say except summaries and politics, which is the only remaining roadblock, and thus your amusingly mild curiosity and laid back observations are welcome, even if you want all your thinking done for you. All we ask is open mindedness, and that you have in spades. That and your reactions to the news flow, as given above. Well done. You can add some whisky to that coffee.

  7. pat Says:

    I find it interesting that the only defense from science these poor nurses got was it “ability” to track this virus’ lineage to before the arrival of the nurses. All science had to do was put the facts about HIV on the table and tell the world that HIV/AIDS is nothing but a theory and has yet to be observed doing its leathal work and perhaps then they would have been let off due to lack of evidence. But of course to do this would have destroyed the lives of thousands of mediocre scientists that have dug themselves in their paradigm beyond the point of retraction. They have sacrificed thousands already on the altar of HIV, what difference are a few bulgarians and a palestinian going to make?

    We have discovered a new AIDS risk group: the unconnected minority medical healthcare worker.

  8. john Says:

    Do we know at least why these children were hospitalized?

    If they had for example the tuberculosis, we can wonder with good reason if they were treated by isoniazide, which is known to increase the production of NO, thus of peroxynitrite, and thus to remove the lymphocytes TH.

    In which case we would be simply in the presence of the iatrogenic AIDS which Peter Duesberg denounces.

  9. McKiernan Says:

    (in fact we are about to rechristen it Science Guardian, as soon as our Webmaster returns from his holiday).

    Arrgh. Are your serious ? Two commenters I know will find the new name dullsville. Have you polled the advisory board ?

    Thank you for your complimentary reply. I guess I wont have to take my coloring book and crayons and leave after all.

  10. pat Says:

    It is common knowledge here in Switzerland that some 50% of all infections the hospitals battle with are acquired AT the hospitals, many resulting in death especially in the older population. Deploring the sanitation standards of hospitals in third world countries is a total diversion from reality.

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