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Lawyer Says Terror Suspects Are on Hunger Strike in Australian Prison

A lawyer for 10 suspected Muslim terrorists in Australia says the men have gone on a hunger strike demanding to be allowed to pray together.

Rob Stary says they have been held in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison in Melbourne (Barwon Prison).

The men were among 18 suspected Islamic militants arrested in Sydney and Melbourne in November. They are awaiting trial on charges of being members of a terrorist organization.

A prison spokesman says the men will remain separated for security reasons. He says authorities have done everything they can to make sure the men's religious needs are met.

Their lawyer says the men just want to be treated in the same way as other inmates.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.