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No execution for AIDS accused health workers

Libya will not execute six health workers accused of intentionally infecting more than 400 children with HIV, said Seif al-Islam e-Qaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi.

Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who have been detained since 1999, were sentenced to death by firing squad in May.

According to the New York Times, Seif al-Islam said Libya would like to expel the nurses to Bulgaria, suggesting that their expulsion might be linked to the extradition of a Libyan man serving a life sentence in Scotland for the 1988 downing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

He did not disclose the fate of the Palestinian doctor.

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