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The World

August 23, 1985

U.S.-supported Nicaraguan rebels, often accused by the Sandinista government of committing atrocities, have adopted a code of conduct for the treatment of prisoners and civilians in war, a spokesman for the contras said. Carlos Icasa, an official of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force, said that the contras began putting the code into practice this week. Drawn up with the help of the International Red Cross, it "is one of the most advanced in the world because it eliminates the death penalty, even for prisoners of war," Icasa said.

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