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British passport holder interrogated by US border agents

A British journalist born in Iran has described how he was detained at Chicago's O'Hare airport and interrogated for more than two hours

BBC World Service journalist Ali Hamedani has described how he was detained at Chicago's O'Hare airport and interrogated for more than two hours following a travel ban on people from seven Muslim majority countries travelling into the USA.

Hamedani is a British citizen but was born in Iran. He has not been able to go back since 2009 because he works for the BBC and does not have Iranian passport. He was detained this evening by American border agents having flown in from London Heathrow on a trip to Los Angeles.

He told 5 live's Stephen Nolan: "They took away my phone and started searching my Twitter account looking to find out my political views. I was also asked questions like if I had been training with the military in Iran."

"I couldn't convince the guy because he kept asking me about why I'm entering the country with a British passport, not an Iranian passport. I told the guy I don't have that Iranian passport anymore."

"I was arrested back home in Iran in 2009 because I was working for the BBC. It felt the same this time."

A statement from the Home Office said "we can't comment on individual cases" however a statement released earlier on behalf of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson indicated that a British citizen travelling from the UK to the US would not be affected by the executive order and should not "experience extra checks regardless of their place of birth"

This clip is originally from Stephen Nolan on Sunday 29 January 2017

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