Bassem Awadallah hospitalized after 3-week hunger strike — US lawyer

Jordanian security official denies Awadallah’s hunger strike, says claim is ‘inaccurate’

Bassem Awadallah in jail
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AMMAN Former Royal Court chief Bassem Awadallah’s lawyer said his client was rushed to the hospital over the weekend after a three-week hunger strike, the man’s American lawyer said Monday.اضافة اعلان

However, a Jordanian security official called the claims of a hunger strike “inaccurate”, saying Awadallah has been drinking liquids regularly.

“He was hospitalized at the recommendation of the medical team and later discharged after receiving the necessary treatment,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity under security guidelines, reported Reuters.

“He is now in good condition.”

The official said there was no obligation for Jordanian officials to notify the American Embassy because Awadallah is a Jordanian “first and foremost.” But he said that Awadallah is entitled to US consular visits, including this week.

‘Remains on his hunger strike’Awadallah, who is a dual Jordanian-American citizen, was suffering from low blood pressure and sugar levels when he was hospitalized Saturday, his representatives said.

They said he was given glucose intravenously but refused further intervention once his condition stabilized. He has since returned to prison and remains on his hunger strike.

Awadallah was found guilty in what was known as the “sedition case”.

He was charged of being complicit in incitement against the state, in violation of Article 149/1 of the law, as well as being complicit in carrying out acts that would endanger society and security and sow sedition, in violation of articles two and seven of the 2006 Anti-Terrorism Law and its amendments.

He was sentenced to 15 years on prison with labor.

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