*Six foreign medics jailed in Libya for infecting hundreds of children with HIV have been released after an international drive to secure their freedom.
The five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor left Tripoli early this morning, accompanied by Cécilia Sarkozy, the French President’s wife. They were pardoned by Georgi Parvanov, the Bulgarian President, once they had arrived in Sofia.
The six, who were convicted of deliberately infecting more than 400 children at a Benghazi hospital, insisted that they were tortured into false confessions soon after their arrests in 1999. *
From the Times
I just heard about this! This is just great, great news. I’m not really sure what’s up with the role of the French First Lady in this situation, but I guarantee she’s just made herself the most popular person in Bulgaria.