Report: Austrian Yemen hostage says feared execution

By REUTERS
May 16, 2013 14:56

VIENNA - An Austrian man held hostage for five months in Yemen said he was kept in permanent darkness in a room too small to stand up in and was forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint.

At one point, Dominik Neubaur told Austrian magazine News, he was taken out for what he thought would be his execution - but believed he was spared after he recited verses from the Koran.

"I heard a weapon being loaded and felt its muzzle on the back of my head," he said his first interview since his release a week ago.


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