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CIA tortured me in Iraq, claims freed Iranian diplomat (anyone surprised?) April 8, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.
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Allegations spark fresh speculation of secret deal

An Iranian diplomat who was freed last week, two months after being seized in Iraq, said yesterday that he had been tortured by the CIA while in captivity at an Iraqi government installation.

The claims by Jalal Sharafi on Iranian state television will lead to fresh speculation that the diplomat was freed as part of a deal to secure Wednesday’s release of 15 British servicemen seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

The allegations also come amid continuing political fall-out over the two-week hostage crisis in both London and Tehran, with both Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Prime Minister Tony Blair being criticised for their behaviour during the stand-off.

While Sharafi’s claims are very similar to those made by the servicemen on their return to Britain, the recent US history of renditions, kidnapping and abuse make them difficult to ignore.

Although US officials denied yesterday any role in Sharafi’s abduction, his release has led inevitably to suspicion that it was part of a secret deal that has also seen US forces grant access to five other detained Iranians in Iraq.

Sharafi was kidnapped in February by gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms. When he was released on Tuesday, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, said the diplomat was in good health but ‘did not know who had held him’.

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