Report: Iranian diplomat tortured by CIA

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April 7, 2007 18:30

 
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An Iranian diplomat freed two months after being abducted in Iraq accused the CIA of torturing him during his detention, Iranian state television reported Saturday. Jalal Sharafi, who was freed on Tuesday, said the CIA questioned him about Iran's relations with Iraq and assistance to various Iraqi groups, according to state television. "Once they heard my response that Iran merely has official relations with the Iraqi government and officials, they intensified tortures and tortured me through different methods days and nights," state TV quoted him as saying. The claim could not immediately be independently verified. A US intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the CIA vehemently denies any role in the capture or release of Sharafi. The official dismissed any claims of torture, saying "the CIA does not conduct or condone torture."

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