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Wed Apr 18, 2012, 05:00 PM

American seeks political asylum in Sweden, alleging torture, FBI coercion [View all]

Source: MSNBC



An American citizen who alleges that he was detained and tortured overseas at the behest of the U.S. government — and is now marooned as a result of the U.S. no-fly list — has filed for political asylum in Sweden, he announced with his lawyers on Wednesday.

Yonas Fikre, 33, says he spent more than three months in a Dubai detention center in 2011. In a lengthy Skype interview with msnbc.com, he described sleeping on the concrete floor of a frigid jail cell, and enduring regular interrogation, beatings and stress positions that caused him to collapse or black out.

He was released in September, he says, but is just now going public with his story.

Fikre’s ordeal took place outside the United States — far from his home in Portland, Ore. — but he and his American lawyer say they believe it was orchestrated by the FBI in connection with an investigation in Portland. And they maintain that Fikre’s inclusion on the no-fly list — which bars him from boarding U.S.-bound flights — has been used as a tool to coerce information, not because he presents a risk to U.S. flights.

Read more: http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/18/11266018-american-seeks-political-asylum-in-sweden-alleging-torture-fbi-coercion?chromedomain=openchannel



Let's hope this gains more mainstream attention and is investigated thoroughly through citizen journalism.

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