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Hussein Given P.O.W. Status

The Defense Department said Friday that it had designated Saddam Hussein a prisoner of war, a legal status that sets standards for how he is treated and allows the International Committee of the Red Cross to see him. A Pentagon spokesman, Bryan Whitman, said Mr. Hussein “is an enemy prisoner of war, and he’ll continue to be an enemy prisoner of war unless and until his status is determined to be otherwise.” A Red Cross official, Christophe Girod, said his organization had been talking with Pentagon officials about getting access to Mr. Hussein, under the rights granted to prisoners of war by the Geneva Conventions. He said his organization had received “no negative signal” in response, but had not yet been promised access. Full Story

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