Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Hunger Strike Collapses

A hunger strike by several of those accused in the trial collapsed on the 21st May, after several of those participating had already given it up. The action was initiated by those accused of being the intellectual authors of the train bombings (Hassan el Haski, Youssef Belhadj y Rabei Osman el Sayed Ahmed), in protest at the way the trial was being conducted. Defence lawyers for the accused became alarmed as the strike spread to other defendants, they felt that it undermined any effort they might make to demonstrate that their clients were not part of an organised conspiracy. The chief judge, Javier Gómez Bermudez, also made it clear that he would not permit this action to interrupt or slow down the progress of the trial.

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