Long-time readers of SciBlogs might remember the physicians and nurses working in Libya in the late 1990s, who were accused of purposefully infecting children with HIV-1, the “Tripoli 6”.
Science established that they were innocent.
Basic logic established they were innocent (not only was there no motive for intentionally infecting children, or precedent with past behaviors, but unintentional infections due to improper sanitation in hospitals is a stock-standard thing we have to deal with in HIV World, even in a time as modern as the 1990s).
Its impossible to really imagine what it would be like to live through something like that. Like coming face-to-face with someone who killed your child, some people ‘forgive’ them and try as best they can to move on. Some want revenge. I admire the former, but I dont blame the latter at all. I dont blame the tortured physicians/nurses response to the current political uprising in Libya:
The Palestinian doctor imprisoned in Libya for eight years alongside six Bulgarian medics on charges of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV has said he would like to see Muammar Gaddafi face the death penalty for his crimes.
However, Ashraf Jumaa El Hagoug, interviewed on Dutch television, said that he realised that the death penalty was not something that the International Criminal court (ICC) in The Hague would countenance. Nevertheless, he said he feels very strongly that justice should be seen to be meted out to Gaddafi.
“I’m desperately waiting for the moment when he disappears behind bars and feels the pain for himself. I was severely tortured and I still have the scars on my body 12 years after I was jailed in Libya…He must find out what it’s like to be imprisoned. He should feel the isolation. He should experience the humiliation,” said El Hagoug.
…Snezhana Dimitrova, one of the Bulgarian nurses who also spent more than eight years in a Libyan jail on the same charges has also said that the dictator must be brought to justice for his misdeeds… “Muammar Gaddafi belongs in the Hague and he must be sued not only because he committed crimes against us but against his own people”, Dimitrova said on August 23.
I physically *cannot* imagine what they lived through, but I hope no matter what happens to Gaddafi, they find some comfort in it.