Tuesday, October 18, 2005

American Jewish Committee Asks President Bush to Press Libya to Release Bulgarian Nurses

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee (AJC) today urged President Bush to mobilize international pressure on Libya to release the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor who have been sentenced to death.

The Libyan Supreme Court is to hear the nurses' final appeal on Nov. 15.
"The prosecution and incarceration of those medical workers -- and the death sentences hanging over them -- are an outrage," wrote AJC President E. Robert Goodkind and Executive Director David A. Harris in a letter to President Bush. International experts have found the charges of infecting more than 400 children with the AIDS virus baseless.

The letter was sent in advance of President Bush's meeting today with Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
AJC urged Mr. Bush to make it clear to the Libyan government that its unacceptable behavior in this matter will not help it achieve its goal of normalizing relations with the U.S. and European Union.

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