Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Libya 6 Update

It's been over 2 months since I posted a piece on the Libya 6. They are the one Palestinian doctor and 5 Bulgarian Health Care workers who were un fairly condemned to death for allegedly infecting Libyam children with HIV virus. This has been an emotional, nationalistic issue for the parents who see it as a plot but the evidence is irrefutable that the workers are innocent. The trial and subsequent sentence are political grandstanding by Khadaffi who has more than once said that he would settle the case and set them free for the amount of money that Libya paid out in the Lockerbie Terrorist Crash settlement. They are in limbo now and the latest news seems to be positive. DeVillepin, the prime minister of France was in Bulgaria last week and saiid that France would work to bring an end to this nightmare. The Foriegn Minister Douste-Blazy has been ordered to start negotiations with Libya as a priority.
It helps that the Foreign Minister is a doctor!
The most important thing is to keep a sense of world pressure on Libya. Therre has been a lot of action in the blog world and money has been donated to the defense.
The most important mover in this is the Nature Magazine reporter, Declan Butler.
He has been reporting and instigating action since the case began. If you want to learn more about the latest developments and if you can help, check out his blog.

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