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Aug 31, 2012 7:58 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Ethiopian torture suspect arrested in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Federal agents in Denver have arrested an Ethiopian immigrant, saying he tortured political prisoners in his home country.

Prosecutors said Friday that three former Ethiopian political prisoners identified the man as Kefelegn Alemu Worku, saying he beat and tormented them and others in the 1970s. Prosecutors say all three picked him out of a photo lineup.

The man was arrested last week. His attorney didn't immediately return a call.

Authorities say Worku used a stolen identity and falsified paperwork to enter the U.S. in 2004.

Prosecutors say he's about 68 years old and lived in a Denver apartment. They declined to say how he supported himself.

He's charged with identity theft and unlawfully procuring citizenship. If convicted of both, he faces up to 12 years in prison.

 

 

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