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07-12-2006, 11:54 PM
Officials: Saddam Back on Hunger Strike

Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq Saddam Hussein and three of his co-defendants have been on a hunger strike for nearly a week to protest what the defense says is a lack of security for their attorneys, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

Lawyers for Saddam and co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim, Taha Hussein Ramadan and Awad al-Bandaron announced a boycott of the proceedings this week unless their demands were met for greater security after one of their colleagues was killed last month.

Saddam and the other three "have now refused meals since their evening meal on July 7," Lt. Col. Keir-Kevin Curry, spokesman for U.S. military detainee operations, told The Associated Press in an e-mail.

"All are protesting the Iraqi High Tribunal procedures and security for the defense attorneys," he said.

The four defendants were in "good health and receiving appropriate medical care," with access to physicians at all time, he said, adding that more medical attention will be focused on those detainees who continue to refuse meals.

"Saddam has participated in various hunger strikes during his detention, but his health has never been in danger," Curry said.

The judge called a two-week recess in Saddam's trial on Tuesday and warned the defense that if they did not attend the next session, court-appointed lawyers would make Saddam's closing arguments.

The defense walkout was sparked after the June 21 slaying of Khamis al-Obeidi, the third member of the team to be assassinated since the trial began last October. The defense team has blamed Shiite militiamen for al-Obeidi's death.

In a letter to the court, the defense said it wanted U.S. authorities to provide security for the lawyers and their families. It also demanded a 45-day recess to allow it to prepare its closing statements and a promise from the court that it would be allowed to take as long as it wishes in its final arguments.

Court spokesman Raid Juhi said the defense had rejected an offer of the same security precaution given to the judges and prosecution lawyers: residence inside the Green Zone, the fortified Baghdad neighborhood where the court is located.

It was not clear if the adjournment until July 24 will mean a delay in the issuing of verdicts in the 9-month-old trial. Court officials had predicted the verdicts would come in mid-August.

Saddam and seven former members of his regime are charged in the crackdown on Shiites in the town of Dujail following a 1982 assassination attempt against the Iraqi leader.

07-13-2006, 02:16 AM
Just wait, he'll hear about Cindy Sleezehan's "rolling hunger strike" and start doing that too. Nothing like 24 hours of hunger strike and then you "pass it on" to the next person, and you can then go and eat, because the strike is still going on, just it's someone else's burden for a few hours. Hell by their logic, I routinely go on 24 hour hunger strikes, mainly because I have this amazing ability to get doing something and forget to eat for a day or two, and never feel hungry while doing it. Only the extreme lunatic fringe could take something like a hunger strike and find a way to remove all meaning behind it.

"Greater love hath no man than to lay down his lunch for his friends." - from the NY Sun regarding the rolling fast and Michael Moore participating in it. :MM :MM :D :MM :MM

07-13-2006, 11:07 AM

Medula Oblongata
07-15-2006, 08:16 PM
I say we ensure that Hussein STAYS on his hunger strike... He asked and we simply gave him what he wanted, him being the "lawfully elected president of Iraq" and all... After 25 or 30 days Im sure he will either change his tune, or will starve to death. Not that either is a concern to me. One way or another, He's goin down...

black campbell
07-16-2006, 02:11 PM
Let him starve.

07-17-2006, 01:11 AM
Amen to that :)

07-18-2006, 12:50 PM
I like the idea of making sure he doesn't go on Cindy Sheehan's hunger strike. I WANT to be on that one-

Smoothies and Starbucks with scoops of ice cream- MY kind of hunger strike.

If that demented bat wants to try a REAL one, have her drop by the al-Ameen power station in Sadr City. I'll put her in front of chow you couldn't begin to IDENTIFY much less eat.

As for Saddam, after seeing firsthand what he did to those Iraqis in al-Hillah (who I love to death), I'd say lets enforce this hunger strike for the next 60 days or so.