Charges fall against US man who claimed torture

SEATTLE (AP) Federal prosecutors have dropped money laundering charges against a former Oregon man who accused the FBI of having him tortured while overseas.

Earlier this year Yonas Fikre filed a lawsuit saying he was held for 106 days in the United Arab Emirates after refusing to cooperate with Portland, Oregon-based FBI agents in an interview in Sudan. Fikre now resides in Sweden.

Seattlepi.com reports Monday (http://bit.ly/15RWaPo) that prosecutors previously indicted Fikre and Seattle resident Abrehaile Haile in a scheme to illegally wire $75,000 to United Arab Emirates and Sudan. Also charged was Fikre's brother Dawit Woldehawariat, of California.

Haile obtained deferred prosecution, while Woldehawariat pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor of failing to file taxes.

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Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://www.seattlepi.com/

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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