Saddam hospitalized due to hunger strike

Saddam refused food since July 7; Al-Moussawi: Ex-president's health is "unstable."

saddamtrial 298 88 (photo credit: AP)
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(photo credit: AP)
Saddam Hussein was hospitalized Sunday on the 17th day of a hunger strike, the chief prosecutor in his trial said. Jaafar al-Moussawi said he visited the prison Sunday where Saddam and the seven other co-defendants were being held and was told that the ex-president's health "is unstable because of the hunger strike." "We took him to the hospital and he is being currently fed by a tube," al-Moussawi told The Associated Press. He refused to identify the hospital. Asked if Saddam's health had improved, al-Moussawi replied: "No, it is not stable yet." Saddam and three others - presumed to be co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim, Taha Yassin Ramadan and Awad al-Bandaron - had been refusing food since dinner on July 7 to protest the Iraqi High Tribunal procedures and security for their defense attorneys, three of whom have been slain. The action was launched 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 Shi'ite militiamen for al-Obeidi's death.