SEATTLE - 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 co-operate 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 misdemeanour of failing to file taxes.
Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://www.seattlepi.com/
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