Last chance for the Tripoli Six

I blogged last autumn about the sick, sad story of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who had been found guilty of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. It’s sick and sad because they were sentenced to death when it seems very doubtful that they are really guilty: a great deal of expert testimony says that the infections probably happened before the Bulgarians came to work there.

They have lost their last appeal, and their sentences of execution have been upheld by the Libyan supreme court. There’s a great deal of international outcry. Their last chance may be the High Judiciary Council, which reviews death penalty verdicts, and can override the supreme court. There seems to be some compensation deal in the works that may influence this.