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01/09/04 - Pentagon

Saddam a POW, According to Pentagon Legal Staff

It could help determine just how Saddam Hussein is treated in captivity, and how he's eventually put on trial.

According to a Defense Department spokesman, Pentagon lawyers have determined that Saddam is a prisoner of war, and that he has been one since U.S. forces captured him last month.

But spokesmen for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld still aren't sure what to say publicly about that.

Earlier this week, Rumsfeld said Saddam and all Iraqi captives are being treated in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

That would mean there's no coercion during interrogations.

U.S. officials have said they plan to turn Saddam over to an Iraqi court for trial.

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