Saddam denies funding resistance

16 December 2003
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has denied any involvement in funding and organising anti-coalition militants in Iraq since the fall of his regime, the daily New York Times reported on 16 December. Speaking to a team of US interrogators, who have been focussing their initial questions on insurgents operating in Iraq, Saddam said that he had had no direct role in the ongoing attacks. US officials in Iraq said that the former leader is not proving helpful and that they have been quick to discount much of he information that Saddam has offered. Interrogators are also trying to extract information that may lead to the arrest of Saddam's deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

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).

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