Four prominent British scientists expressed their concerns about the fate of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian medic accused of deliberatly infecting children with HIV in Libya in an open letter to the editor of The Times.

The scientists are Royal Society president Martin Rees, Academy of Medical Sciences president Keith Peters, Royal College of Physicians president Ian Gilmore, and Kings College, London, professor Thomas Lehner.

The scienstists emphasised the conslusions of the co-discoverer of HIV Luc Montagnier and Vittorio Colizzi, an AIDS specialist from Rome University, that „all the evidence indicated that the six accused were innocent of the alleged crime“.

Many of the children contracted HIV before the six medics arrived at the hospital, Montagnier and Colizzi reported. Many of the children also suffered hepatitis B and C, which evidences poor hygiene at the hospital, they also said.

Still, the Libyan court dismissed the report, preferring the Libyan doctors’ investigation, “whose impartiality and scientific credentials must be in doubt“, the letter stated.

The verdict was expected in November 2006. The medics could be sentenced to death.

The four British scientists called on the medical and scientific authorities of the United Nations, Arab countries, United States and European Union to “exert their utmost influence on [Libya’s] president Gaddafi to prevent what might amount to judicial murder“.

Source: Sofia Echo

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