An Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Iraq has appeared before journalists in Tehran, saying that a US official was present while his captors tortured him.

Jalal Sharafi was brought to the news conference in a wheelchair flanked by nurses, a week after his release.

The second secretary at Iran’s Baghdad embassy gave a detailed account of beatings and interrogations, including being whipped on his feet with cables.

The US has denied any involvement in Mr Sharafi’s abduction.

He was released last Tuesday, a day before the Iranian government set free 15 British naval personnel it accused of illegally entering its waters, but no link has been confirmed between the two cases.

He was abducted in February and held for 57 days.


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