Wednesday, May 19, 2004

CIA interrogators have seized on an admission by Saddam Hussein that he fears torture at the hands of his Iraqi enemies and are threatening him with a quick handover to the new government in a renewed effort to break his silence...

Lengthy daily interrogation sessions have been structured around an apparent attempt to prepare Saddam to be handed over to the interim government that takes power after June 30. The 67-year-old, who admitted that he feared torture soon after he was arrested last December, has been told that his transfer will be delayed if he begins to cooperate.

Saddam is due to face trial at a new war crimes tribunal in Baghdad after the transfer of sovereignty.

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