http://en.rian.ru/world/20070407/63289905.htmlAn Iranian diplomat freed two months after being abducted in Iraq accused the CIA of torturing him during his detention, state television reported Saturday.
Sharafi was seized Feb. 4 by uniformed gunmen in Karradah, a Shiite-controlled district of Baghdad. He was freed on Tuesday.
Iran alleged the diplomat had been abducted by an Iraqi military unit commanded by American forces â a charge repeated by several Iraqi Shiite lawmakers. U.S. authorities denied any role in his disappearance.
Sharafi was a second secretary at the Iranian Embassy involved in plans to open a branch of the Iranian national bank. U.S. officials allege that Iran provides money and weapons to Iraqi Shiite militias.
His release came as Iran held a group of 15 British sailors and marines seized in the Persian Gulf, though Britain, the U.S. and Iran have all denied any links.
Jalal Sharafi, the second secretary at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, was released and repatriated on Tuesday following what he claims an abduction by Iraqi special services working under U.S. control.
In an interview with the Fars news agency, the diplomat said he was brought to a military base near the Baghdad airport and interrogated in Arabic and English languages.
"The CIA agents asked me questions about Iran's presence and influence in Iraq, and Tehran's assistance to the Iraqi government, the Shiite, Sunnite and Kurd factions," Sharafi said.
He also claimed the interrogators tortured him after they had become dissatisfied with his answers. He showed the signs of torture on his body to journalists, the news agency said.
"They used different torture techniques during the interrogation, day and night for a long time," the diplomat, who is currently under medical examination, told the reporters.