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Idi Amin is in Coma, on Life Support in Saudi Hospital - 2003-07-20


Notorious former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is in a coma and has been placed on a life support system in a hospital in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Amin was suffering from hypertension and fell into a coma on Friday.

Family members say they have asked Ugandan officials to allow Mr. Amin to return to Uganda. He has been living in exile in Saudi Arabia for 10 years.

A Tanzanian-backed coup ousted the former military leader in 1979, ending his eight years in power.

Idi Amin's rule was characterized by horrendous human rights abuses, mismanagement and violence that led to the deaths of an estimated 400,000 people.