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November 2, 2006

Update on status of Libya HIV trial

Filed under: HIV,Justice,Libya — admin @ 12:26 pm

Apols for not posting earlier, but past 48hrs have been busy. I’ve posted a very brief update on the adjournment of what should have been the last session in the Libya HIV trial here.


The death-penalty trial of six foreign medical workers in Libya, which was scheduled to end yesterday, 31 October, has been extended until this weekend at the earliest.

The medics are accused of deliberately injecting 426 children with HIV at the Al-Fateh Hospital in Benghazi in 1998. Yesterday’s hearing — the eleventh of the trial that began 11 May — was the first time that the defence had argued its case.

The sitting was scheduled to be the last day of the trial, but the prosecution argued that they needed a further extraordinary court sitting to respond to the defence arguments. This has been granted for 4 November.

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