Iranian defector will apply for asylum in Norway

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September 14, 2010 16:47

 
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OSLO, Norway — An Iranian diplomat who quit his job at his country's embassy in Belgium said Tuesday that he will seek political asylum in Norway — the latest of three Iranian emissaries in Europe to defect this year.

Farzad Farhangian told reporters in Oslo that he wanted to "take a stand in support of the Iranian people and the (opposition) movement."

Farhangian left his post Friday and flew to Norway, where he joined Mohammed Reza Heydari, a former Iranian diplomat in Oslo who defected in January and was granted asylum by Norway.

On Monday, the No.2 man at Iran's mission in Helsinki said he would apply for political asylum in Finland after resigning last week.

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