LONDON (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's whereabouts remained a mystery Monday even after his capture, with CNN reporting he had been moved to the Gulf state of Qatar and an Iraqi official insisting he was still in Iraq.
The plot only thickened when the U.S. military declined to say where it was keeping the former dictator, who was still being hidden after eight months hiding himself.
"For security reasons we cannot identify where he is at the moment," Captain Bruce Frame from U.S. Central Command in Florida told Reuters.
U.S.-led troops who toppled Saddam, 66, in April captured him Saturday in a dirt hole near his hometown of Tikrit. The Central Command has its war headquarters in Qatar.
The U.S.-based CNN, monitored in London, said "Saddam Hussein is being held in a U.S. installation in Qatar."
"There is no truth to this news. Saddam is still in Iraq. Saddam will be put on trial in Baghdad in an Iraqi court that will be fair," Muwafaq al-Rubaiye, a member of Iraq's Governing Council, told Dubai-based Al Arabiya television.
A senior Qatari official said: "It is very unlikely that Saddam would be brought to Qatar...I am not aware of any developments on this front."
The U.S. commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, declined comment on Saddam's whereabouts.
"He's being held at an undisclosed location where we've made all the provisions to ensure his health is maintained, we keep him safe and we make sure we are getting from him the information that will be necessary for us to continue the mission we've been assigned here," Sanchez told CNN.
"He has been talkative ... cooperative in the sense that he is complying with the instructions and he is answering willingly the questions that are being asked of him. I wouldn't describe 'cooperative' in the sense of freely giving us information yet.
"He is being accorded all the rights of a prisoner of war. We are going to treat him humanely we are going to treat him according to the Geneva Conventions, but his .. status has yet to be determined."