Iran to UN: Israel kidnapped former gov't official

January 1, 2011 01:26


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Iran has turned to the United Nations for assistance in finding a former deputy defense minister who went missing in February 2007 while in Turkey, AFP reported on Friday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon requesting he "strive to clarify the fate" of Ali Reza Asghari who disappeared after he checked in a hotel in Istanbul while on a private visit to the city.

At the time Asghari was reported missing, Iran accused Israel of kidnapping the official and Israeli media reported that the Mossad had abducted him, according to AFP.

Salehi's appeal to the UN followed accusations by Iranian officials and media outlets which cited reports on Israeli media websites which alleged that Asghari had killed himself in an Israeli prison. The officials and media later said that the website reports were removed.

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