Saddam ends hunger strike after missing one meal
Updated: 2006-06-23 20:30
Saddam Hussein ended a brief hunger strike after missing just one meal in his
U.S.-run prison, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday.
Saddam Hussein testifies during his trial in
Baghdad, June 12, 2006. [Reuters]
The former Iraqi leader had refused lunch on Thursday in protest at the
killing of one of his lawyers by gunmen, but the spokesman said he ate his
Former Saddam aides being held in the same prison had refused to eat three
meals since Wednesday evening but ended their fast with the ex-president.
"They all took their dinner meal," the spokesman told Reuters.
Saddam is on trial for crimes against humanity for his role in the 1982
killing of 148 Shi'ites in Dujail. His lead counsel, Khalil al-Dulaimi, has
blamed pro-government Shi'ite militias for the murder of his deputy Khamis
al-Obaidi on Wednesday.