In 1999 five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were arrested in Benghazi, Libya and charged with deliberately infecting 426 children with the AIDS virus.
In 2004 a trial was held which, quite frankly, strained credulity to the breaking point. Evidence that showed the children were infected before the six accused came to Libya — possibly years before — was ignored.
Evidence that showed that the children were most probably infected due to non-existent hygiene standards and Third World sanitation conditions prior to the arrival of the accused was ignored.
The fact that some or all of the ‘confessions’ were extracted by way of torture was ignored.
The statement of Colonel/Brotherly-Leader-and-Guide-of-the-Revolution Khadaffi that the strain of AIDS the children were infected with was developed by either the CIA or MOSSAD and the accused gave it to the children as an experiment was — apparently — taken as Gospel.
Although he did generously offer to drop the charges for a sum of $10 million per infected child.
After the ‘Guilty’ verdict in 2004, the European Union, the USA and the United Nations threw a hissy-fit of Biblical proportions and threatened not to invite the Libyans to any more parties.
Since Khadaffi didn’t see any money or other inducements heading his way, a re-trial was announced.
So. Last night the new trial — again ignoring every bit of exculpatory evidence — found the medicos ‘Guilty’ and sentenced them to death by firing squad.
The Bulgarian President and Prime Minister released a statement “rejecting the ruling and questioning the fairness of the trial.”
Well, no [deleted], Sherlock.
EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini voiced “great disappointment” at the sentence and warned that it could harm Libya’s efforts to improve ties with Europe.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy deplored the court decision and urged the Libyan legal authorities to “show clemency”.
The World Medical Association and International Council of Nurses is apparently “appalled by the ruling”.
While we here at Rancho LawDog — being more than familiar with the good Colonel — are not in the least surprised by this new ruling, the sheer nutlessness of the international response is mildly annoying.
What the hell did you honyocks expect? Fairness and justice in a Libyan trial? Did you fall off the turnip truck last night, or was it early this morning?
Personally, I like my countries to be a bit more than “disappointed” in these kinds of cases. “Appalled” doesn’t quite cut the mustard, either. “Angry” works, although “pissed-off”, “enraged” and “furious” are more to my liking.
This must be the ‘civilization’ that the UN and the EU keep bleating about. A jumped-up tin-pot Third World Dictator with delusions of adequacy and a full-blown Napoleon complex jams up five of your folks with not one, but two kangaroo trials — and you release a statement in which you question the fairness of the bushwa court proceedings.
This is why you have special forces units full of knuckle-dragging monsters.
Since the Bulgarian Special Forces are thoroughly grounded in the old USSR Spetsnaz doctrine and tactics, I would imagine they are perfectly capable of wandering into the Tripoli Central Prison at about 0400 local time and removing their nurses whilst leaving a bit of a message behind.
Emphasis on the “mess”.
But, what do I know — I’m just an uncivilized, uncultured, barbaric Texan.
Edit: It seems that I have erred in calling the inhabitants of Bulgaria “Bulgars”. The error has been corrected.