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ICRC Team Visits Saddam Hussein - 2004-02-21


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has visited former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein who is a U.S. prisoner of war.

Red Cross spokeswoman Nada Doumani said two representatives from the organization, including a doctor, visited Saddam for the first time earlier today (Saturday) at an undisclosed location in Iraq. He has been in U.S. custody since his capture December 13th near Tikrit, his ancestral hometown.

The spokeswoman said the team followed ICRC procedures, and checked the conditions of detention, his health and gave the former leader the opportunity to send a message to his family.

While she would not comment on any aspect of the former dictator's health or detention, she did say he wrote a message to his family and that it would pass by U.S. censors before being sent through the Red Cross to his relatives.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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