On March 8, his lawyer, Bachir Essid, "warned that (Mahmoudi's) health ha(d) deteriorated after he entered the second week of his hunger strike."
At the time, he was "close to dying." He was denied proper medical care. The current Tunisian government appears no better than the previous one it replaced.
Another Mahmoudi lawyer, Mehdi Bouawaja, said he was shocked to see his client's condition. At the time, he hadn't seen him in days, but when visited he discovered his precarious condition. He suffers from diabetes and other illnesses.
Attorney Mabrouk Korshid also is trying to help. He said no legal justification exists to hold Mahmoudi. He's "being held hostage," he explained.
Bouawaja commented on the deal made to extradite him, saying:
"I suspect (he's been) sold to the (NTC)."
Attorneys appealed his extradition. A Tunisian court cleared him of all charges. Yet he remains in prison at age 70 in poor health. The appeal also included grounds of likely torture and death if sent back. As a result, he applied for refugee status. International law mandates his right to get it. Tunisia refuses.
NTC puppets spuriously charged Mahmoudi with offenses he didn't commit, including rape.
On May 30, Mathaba headlined "New World Order: Imprison, Torture Democrats," saying: