Saddam Hussein Goes On Hunger Strike

Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and 11 top leaders of his regime have gone on hunger strike in their US detention centre. Saddam was captured by US forces last December and faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity."We have reliable information that Saddam Hussein and 11 other prisoners began a hunger strike to protest ill-treatment," Badiaa Aref Ezzat, the lawyer of former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz said.

However the US military has denied that Hussein was on hunger strike, saying he was well and had eaten earlier.

"These reports are absolutely untrue, Saddam has eaten today," Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Johnson told Reuters.

He is being held in US custody in a secret location in Iraq and has reportedly received treatment for an enlarged prostate gland, hernia problems and eye trouble.

He was recently visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross who reported he is in good health but refused to give more details.


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