Afghanistan: Jailed Taliban suspects on hunger strike demand fair trials

Afghan politicians say more than 200 Taliban suspects are on a hunger strike in the Kandahar prison. Provincial council member Bismillah Afghanmul says the prisoners are demanding an independent committee be set up to hear their cases. They have not eaten for about six days. Afghanmul and other provincial council members have met with the prisoners to try to resolve the situation, but the hunger strike was continuing Sunday. He says he saw about nine prisoners who had taped their mouths shut, with three in poor condition.