State television said Jalal Sharafi had been kidnapped and "savagely tortured" by U.S. forces. It said they drilled holes into Sharafi's legs and there were signs of damage to his nose and neck.
Sharafi was shown in hospital, his feet badly bruised and his body covered by sensors, as he was visited by the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in Iran, Peter Stocker.
Stocker later told AFP news agency that he saw "very serious," several week-old wounds on the back and feet. But he could not confirm how these wounds were incurred.
Washington denies any role in the detention of Sharafi, second secretary at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, who was freed on April 3.
Iranian Shi'a protesting the Golden Mosque Bombing in Iraq on February 24
WHAT IS GOING ON? On March 8, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a roundtable discussion on relations between Iraq and Iran. Although most analysts agree that Iran has been actively involved in Iraq since the U.S.-led military operation to oust former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, they continue to debate the nature, extent, and intent of that involvement.
The RFE/RL briefing featured WAYNE WHITE, former deputy director of the U.S. State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research's Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia, and A. WILLIAM SAMII, RFE/RL's regional analyst for Iran and editor of the "RFE/RL Iran Report."
LISTENListen to the complete RFE/RL briefing (about 75 minutes):
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