Saddam goes on hunger strike after lawyer killed

June 21, 2006 22:48

Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants went on a hunger strike Wednesday to protest the killing of a top attorney on the ousted Iraqi leader's defense team. "They pledged not to end the strike until international protection is provided to the defense team," said Khalil al-Dulaimi, Saddam's chief defense lawyer. Saddam's lawyers said they were not deterred by the brutal slaying of Khamis al-Obeidi and would forge ahead with their closing arguments when he again takes the stand next month on charges of crimes against humanity.

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