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Moldova's Jailed Former Prime Minister Ends Hunger Strike After 20 Days

Former Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat

Former Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat

Moldova's jailed former Prime Minister Vlad Filat has brought an end to a 20-day hunger strike that he launched to protest corruption charges against him.

Moldova's Penitentiaries Department says Filat ended his 20-day hunger strike on June 21 at around 6 p.m. after he fainted during a courtroom hearing.

Medical personnel were called into the courtroom to examine Filat and the hearing was adjourned.

Filat's lawyer, Igor Popa, said his client was no longer able to take part in his trial due to the precarious state of his health.

But Filat was in the court on June 22 when prosecutors asked for him to be jailed for 19 years if he is convicted.

The next hearing in his case is scheduled for June 27.

Filat, who was Moldova's prime minister in 2009-2013, was arrested in mid-October and charged with taking bribes in a $1 billion bank fraud case.

Filat has denied wrongdoing and says the case against him is politically motivated.

Based on reporting by and Interfax