Swedish Government Denies Asylum for U.S. Citizen Who Claims Torture at Request of U.S. Government

Documents show Portland resident Yonas Fikre met with FBI before his arrest.


The Swedish Migration Board this month denied asylum to Yonas Fikre, a Portland resident and American citizen who said he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 at the behest of the U.S. government.  It's unclear where Fikre, a Muslim man from Oregon, will go from here. But he'll have to leave Sweden for at least five years, according to the ruling obtained by Carl Larsson, ...   More
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 KATE WILLSON

FBI Will Ask Judge to Dismiss Torture Lawsuit


The FBI this week will ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging its agents had Portland resident Yonas Fikre kidnapped and tortured for months in the United Arab Emirates, then refused to let him re-enter the United States. Fikre is living in Sweden, where he sought asylum after being released from a UAE facility in September 2011, and after being denied an airline ticket ...   More
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Murmurs: Earl the Tariff Cutter

Unexpected pickets at Planned Parenthood.

A federal grand jury in San Diego last week indicted Yonas Fikre and two others for attempting to conceal the transfer of $75,000 from the United States to the United Arab Emirates in 2010. Fikre is t   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Sleepless In Abu Dhabi

An Oregon Muslim says he was jailed and tortured in the United Arab Emirates for 106 days after refusing to turn informant.

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A Muslim man from Oregon says he was imprisoned and tortured for 106 days last year in the United Arab...   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY


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