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Saddam says staging hunger strike over trial

The deposed Iraqi leader said he and his defendants have been staging a hunger strike for three days to protest the treatment by the court.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 17:59 IST

Saddam Hussein returned to trial on Tuesday saying he and seven co-accused had been staging a hunger strike for three days to protest their treatment by the court.

"We have been on hunger strike for three days to protest the way they brought us to court," said the former president.

Saddam hasaccused the court of forcing him to attend hearings that broke his boycott of the sessions.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 15:44 IST