Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Free at last

This is very good news.

Six Bulgarian medics (one, a Palestinian doctor, was given Bulgarian citizenship), who were held by Libya on apparently trumped up charges of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV, are now free.

Recall: they were tortured and sentenced to death, a sentence which was then confirmed before the deal had been worked out, by EU and other negotiators. And they've been imprisoned for eight years.

Most likely, for having done nothing wrong and after having come to Libya to help.


Welcome home!


Anja said...

Though it seems that the role of German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been overshadowed by Madame Sarkozy's recents interference in the matter:


All best,

J. Carter Wood said...

Excellent point, and link!

The article from Die Welt is fascinating. Apparently even the Libyans are saying that Steinmeier was 'the hero' in the matter, although it's likely that Madame Sarkozy will steal the show.

There are some nice, if terribly minor, details in the article. Apparently, when Steinmeier visited the imprisoned medics in June, he brought 'EU T-shirts' as a sign of solidarity. This is something, someone involved recounts, that they were particularly happy about.

As this appears to be an all-Europe effort, there is something touching about that.

But,then, I'm a sucker for sentimental gestures.

J. Carter Wood said...

Oh,... and I want one of those t-shirts.