In Washington, US President Bush on 15 December said that it would be some time before former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein would stand trial – a comment that has added fuel to the debate about what will happen to the former leader. The US military on 15 December confirmed that Saddam is being held according to the Geneva Convention in an undisclosed location, although officials have yet to confirm whether he has been given prisoner of war status. The International Committee of the Red Cross on 15 December confirmed that it had applied to see Saddam and to examine the condition under which he is being detained (MEED 15:12:03).