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U.S. pleased with release of jailed health workers in Libya
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08:06, July 25, 2007

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The United States government said on Tuesday that the release of six Bulgarian medical workers imprisoned in Libya was a "very positive development."

"It's a very positive development -- more than anything else, we are pleased for these individuals who are finally reunited with their families," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

The six medical workers, including five nurses and a doctor of Palestinian origin, returned to Bulgaria earlier on Tuesday morning after spending eight years in prison under the threat of the death penalty.

The Libyan authorities had accused them of infecting more than 400 children with the AIDS virus at a hospital where they worked. The six medics had always protested their innocence.

Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov immediately pardoned them upon their arrival in Sofia.

Source: Xinhua



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