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US Muslim: I was tortured at FBI's behest in UAE

A Muslim American seeking asylum in Sweden says he was detained at the US government's request while he was in the United Arab Emirates last summer and was tortured in custody.

world Updated: Apr 18, 2012 23:02 IST

A Muslim American seeking asylum in Sweden says he was detained at the US government's request while he was in the United Arab Emirates last summer and was tortured in custody.


At a news conference Wednesday in Stockholm, Yonas Fikre says he was interrogated about the activities of a mosque in Portland, Oregon. He had attended the same mosque there as a man charged in a plot to detonate a bomb in Portland.

The 33-year-old naturalized American citizen who was born in Eritrea told the AP that he was arrested in June 2011 in the United Arab Emirates and taken to a prison in Abu Dhabi.

He travelled to Sweden, where he has relatives, after being released from detention on Sept. 15.