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Doc raps US force feeding.

Byline: By ZOE WATSON

AN Ulster doctor has slammed the force-feeding of suspected terrorist prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.

Belfast-born David Nicholl headed a letter signed by 250 medical professionals from across the world, published in medical journal The Lancet yesterday.

Dr Nicholl, now based in Birmingham, said experts "are saying with one voice that force-feeding of hunger strikers by medical staff... is unequivocally wrong".

The letter claimed international ethics standards forbid force-feeding of hunger strikers.

The doctors also hit out at the use of "restraint chairs" to immobilise prisoners before forcibly inserting feeding pipes.

Patrick Corrigan, of Amnesty International Northern Ireland, said: "Rather than trying to break the hunger strike by forcibly feeding the detainees, the US should put an end to arbitrary detention and give them access to due process of law."

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Date:Mar 10, 2006
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