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Bulgaria, Libya: Tripoli Six in the Economist

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Bulgaria, Libya, Health, History, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, International Relations, Law, Politics, Protest

The Economist's Edward Lucas reposts his piece on the “Tripoli Six” [1]: “Bulgaria has tried hard to make the scandal an international issue, and has also raised money to help the AIDS-infected children. But Libya appears to want to do a deal, involving freedom for the Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, convicted of organising the Lockerbie bombing, and payment of $2.7 billion in compensation—the exact amount paid by Libya to the victims of that outrage. The argument amounts to: ‘You release a justly convicted Libyan, and we will free six unjustly convicted foreigners.’ Amazingly, much of the rest of the world, including many African and Arab countries—and even some European politicians—seems to agree with Libya’s attempt to link the issues.”