Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son, who is touted as a reformer, admitted that Bulgarian medics jailed for allegedly infecting children with HIV were tortured in captivity, an apparent attempt to show a more open face to the West.
The release last month of the five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor after nearly nine years in prison boosted Libya's ties with Europe, a key goal of the elder Gadhafi.
But since their release, the Palestinian, Ashraf al-Hazouz, and some of the nurses have spoken frequently in the European press of the torture they underwent to force them to confess to infecting the children with the AIDS virus, which they later denied.
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