Official says Libya lifts execution for HIV medics after payments to families of infected children

Associated Press, July 17, 2007 Tripoli - The death sentences for five
Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds
of Libyan children with HIV have been commuted to life in prison, a top
Libyan official said Tuesday. The ruling came after the families of the
children each received $1 million and agreed to drop their demand for
the execution of the six, who deny having infected more than 400
children and say their confessions were extracted under torture.
Libya’s Supreme Court had upheld the six medics’ death sentences last
week, but the Judiciary Council meeting late Tuesday is a government
body that can overrule the court. ... Official