A Medical-Legal Travesty in Libya
Published: October 14, 2006
Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor are facing the death penalty in Libya based on preposterous charges that they deliberately infected hundreds of children with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. This looming miscarriage of justice demands a strong warning to the Libyan leader, Muammar el-Qaddafi, that his efforts to join the ranks of peaceable nations will suffer if the medical workers are made the scapegoats for the failure of Libya’s own health system.
The doctor and nurses, who had been working at a hospital in Benghazi, were arrested in 1999. They confessed under torture, according to human rights organizations, but later protested their innocence. The charges that they deliberately infected more than 400 children were clearly bogus.
One of the world’s greatest experts on H.I.V., Dr. Luc Montagnier, testified that the real cause of the infections was poor hygienic practices at the hospital. The infections emerged before the accused started working at the hospital and continued to spread after they were thrown in jail.
It seems clear that the government wanted to deflect public outrage by accusing foreigners of committing a horrific crime — rather than acknowledging the negligence of Libya’s health system.
The six medical workers were convicted and sentenced to death in 2004, while nine Libyans who worked at the same hospital were acquitted. The convictions were overturned by the Libyan Supreme Court, which ordered a retrial. Defense attorneys fear the same outcome this time. The attorneys are calling for another independent scientific assessment of the case because the evidence offered by Dr. Montagnier and an Italian scientist was tossed out by the courts.
Thus far the United States and European nations have focused on setting up an international fund to care for victims of the tragedy and to upgrade equipment at the hospital — in hopes that will be enough to get the medical workers set free. Libya is demanding substantial compensation as well, analogous to what it paid to families of the victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
That seems a grotesque overreach given that the nurses and doctors are the victims here. The White House holds Libya up as a model for other nations to follow in renouncing weapons of mass destruction. Libya must also be judged by how it respects human rights and the rule of law. 认领！
在利比亚，五名保加利亚护士和一名巴勒斯坦医生被控告故意使几百名儿童感染了人类免疫缺陷病毒（艾滋病毒），基于这一荒谬指控，六个人面临着死刑。作为利比亚的领导人，Muammar el-Qaddafi致力于打造一个和平安宁的国度，如果这几位医务工作者由于利比亚的卫生体系不健全而成为替罪羊的话，他这一努力势必会受到重创。步步临近的审判不公事件给Muammar el-Qaddafi敲响了警钟。
全球顶尖级人类免疫缺陷病毒专家 Luc Montagnier博士证实，引发感染的真正原因在于该医院恶劣的卫生条件。早在被告去医院工作之前，就已经出现感染了，在他们入狱之后，感染还将继续。
显而易见，政府希望通过归罪于是外国人的残忍犯罪行为 而非利比亚的卫生体系漏洞 而转移公众的义愤情绪。
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作者:admin@医学,生命科学 2011-09-02 17:15