Lawyer: US hunger striker in Dubai eating again

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A lawyer says a jailed American businessman has ended his 7-week hunger strike after authorities agreed to set bail for his release.

Attorney Eric Akers said his client Zack Shahin told him he started eating again Thursday. Akers said a Dubai judge set conditions for his pretrial release on bail Wednesday.

The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed that Shahin must pay a bail of 5 million dirhams ($1.4 million) as one of the conditions for his release.

Shahin faces trial in a number of cases tied to allegations of corruptions in the Gulf emirate. He has denied any improprieties and began a hunger strike on May 14 to demand that authorities hear his case.
Associated Press
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