Saddam Hussein ends hunger strike: lawyer
Updated: 2006-02-27 16:17
Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has ended his hunger strike for "health
reasons," his chief lawyer Khalil Dulaimi said on Monday.
"The president maintained his hunger strike for 11 days but was forced to
end it for health reasons," Dulaimi, who met Saddam for seven hours in Baghdad
on Sunday, told Reuters.
Saddam staged a hunger strike to protest against his court proceedings.
Dulaimi said U.S. prison officials intervened with defense lawyers to end
Saddam's strike to "prevent any adverse health impact" adding that the toppled
leader had lost some weight but did not elaborate.
Dulaimi said he found Saddam in "high morale" during the time he spent alone
with him deliberating defense strategy after the defense team walked out of the
trial in protest at court proceedings.