U.S. authorities in the southern city of Atlanta have arrested an Ethiopian man suspected of committing human rights abuses in his native country.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it has revoked Kelbessa Negewo's U.S. citizenship as part of an investigation into his alleged crimes.  It said that in order to obtain U.S. citizenship in 1988, Mr. Negewo made false statements about accusations that he tortured and murdered dissidents in Ethiopia.

He is the first person arrested for alleged human rights abuses under the recently enacted Intelligence Reform Act.  That law allows the U.S. government to deport citizens for acts of torture or extrajudicial killings.

In 2002, the Ethiopian government convicted Mr. Negewo in absentia for abusing dissidents while serving in the military dictatorship of Mengistu Haile Mariam in the 1970s.

Some information for this report provided by AP.