updated 4/27/2004 10:17:10 AM ET 2004-04-27T14:17:10

A team from the international Red Cross visited imprisoned Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on Tuesday to check his conditions in U.S. custody, an American general said.

Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt would not say where the visit took place. Saddam has been held in an undisclosed location since his capture by U.S. forces in December, undergoing CIA and FBI interrogation.

The International Committee of the Red Cross previously saw Saddam on Feb. 21, its first visit to the jailed former president.

"We welcome the crucial role of the ICRC," Kimmitt said, adding that the coalition will meet its "obligations under international law" and will continue to work with the ICRC.

The United States considers Saddam a prisoner of war and intends to hand him over to Iraqis for trial. An all-Iraqi tribune has been created to carry out the trial.

The ICRC is mandated to visit detainees under the Geneva Conventions on the conduct of warfare but will not speak publicly on what conditions it finds. The delegates will, however, share their findings with the U.S.-led coalition forces holding Saddam.

The Swiss-based agency already has visited most of the 43 other high-ranking Iraqis captured by coalition forces, as well as many other prisoners of war and civilian detainees in Iraq.

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