Al-Arian Enters Day 39 of Prison Hunger Strike


AL-ARIAN ENTERS DAY 39 OF PRISON HUNGER STRIKE

Sami Al-Arian passed the 38th day of his prison hunger strike Wednesday.

The former University of South Florida professor has lost 43 pounds and was having great difficulty standing up in a federal prison hospital in Butner, N.C.

"We will intervene. We will not let him die," said Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Traci Billingsley. But as of Wednesday afternoon, no intervention to force feed Al-Arian, 49, had taken place.

He is drinking only water to protest being held beyond his sentence for refusing to testify before a Virginia grand jury. After pleading guilty in May to aiding associates of a terrorist group in nonviolent ways he was due to be released in mid-April and deported. Unless he agrees to testify, he could be held another 18 months.

 


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