SANTA ANA (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the force-feeding of a California man suspected of trying to aid the Islamic State group.
U.S. District Judge David O. Carter gave the order at a hearing Monday, after learning that 24-year-old Muhanad Badawi of Anaheim had lost another three pounds despite being ordered Thursday to eat.READ MORE: Bell Gardens Police Find`Ghost Gun' While Searching For Suspect
Carter said the force-feeding was clearly necessary but he didn’t want it to turn it into a form of punishment.
Badawi is down to 109 pounds from 140 after refusing to eat for much of the past month.READ MORE: LA County Reports 1,313 New Cases Of COVID-19; 22 Deaths
His lawyer Kate Corrigan called the order unusual.
Badawi has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.MORE NEWS: Woman, Child Found Dead Inside Rancho Cucamonga Home
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