Germany offers political asylum to 50 Iranian dissidents

July 24, 2010 16:58

BERLIN  — Germany will offer asylum to 50 Iranian dissidents who took part in the massive street protests that erupted after elections there last year, a spokesman for the country's Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The German spokesman. who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that 12 of the 50 Iranians have already arrived in Germany and one more is expected in the coming week.He added that the others are mostly in Turkey waiting for Germany to finish examining their cases.

Germany had originally planned to take in up to 20 Iranians but raised the number to 50 after a group of Iranians already living in exile in Germany and the rights group Reporters Without Borders complained it wasn't doing enough.

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