The actor al-Anbari, a well-known comedian, and at least three others were freed Monday.
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The UAE has denied it controls any prisons in Yemen and said Yemen's government is in full control.The release Monday came days after the Associated Press revealed hundreds of Yemeni prisoners swept up in anti-terror raids by Emirati-backed forces have been subjected to torture and sexual abuse.Security officials told the AP that more prisoners are expected to be released in the coming days from different secret prisons in Aden.The UAE is a key U.S. ally whose secret prisons, where torture is said to be widespread, were first reported in an AP investigation last June.The AP has since identified at least five prisons where security forces use sexual torture to brutalize and break inmates.The AP first asked the Pentagon about abuses committed by the UAE one year ago.
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