VA: AL-ARIAN COLLAPSES AT JAIL
Sami Al-Arian, who has been on a hunger strike since mid January, collapsed this week in a Virginia jail.
At daybreak Tuesday, guards discovered him lying unconscious on the concrete floor of a shower room in the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., and called for medical help, according to Nahla Al-Arian, his wife.
It was the 23rd day of a hunger strike during which he had consumed water only.
Al-Arian was transported Tuesday to a federal corrections medical facility in Butner, N.C. Officials there would not comment on his condition.
Al-Arian is on a hunger strike to protest being held in jail beyond his sentence for refusing to testify before a grand jury in Virginia. In May, as part of a plea agreement, he was convicted of aiding associates of a terrorist group in nonviolent ways.