TRIPOLI -- Libya's high court on Tuesday
delayed a ruling on an appeal by six foreign medics sentenced to death for
infecting hundreds of children with the Aids virus in a case that has raised
Judge Ali Al Allush said that the case had
been put back to November 15, but gave no further details.
follows a weekend visit to Libya by Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov to plead
for the lives of the five convicted Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor.
The six were condemned in 2004 for injecting 380 children with blood
transfusions infected with HIV, the virus that causes Aids. Forty-seven of those
children have died.
The accused, who have spent six years in jail,
maintain their innocence. Two nurses and the doctor initially confessed to
charges but later said that police had extracted the confessions with torture,
including beatings and electric shocks.
Washington and the European
Union have been pressuring Libya over the case, which has strained relations
between Sofia and Tripoli just as Muammar Qadhafi's regime is returning to the
international fold after years of isolation.