Norway grants Iranian ex-diplomat asylum

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February 18, 2010 19:11

 
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OSLO — Norway has granted asylum to an Oslo-based Iranian diplomat who resigned in January to protest his government's violent response to opposition demonstrations in Teheran, officials said Thursday.

The Norwegian Immigration Directorate gave Mohammed Reza Heydari and his family permission to remain in Norway as political refugees after going through "all necessary information pertaining to the case," directorate spokeswoman Bente Engelsand said. She declined to comment further because the Immigration Directorate does not discuss the details of individual cases.

Heydari told national broadcaster NRK on Jan. 5 that he quit his consular post at the Iranian Embassy in Norway in protest after eight Iranian demonstrators were killed during a Dec. 27 opposition rally in Tehran.

"I couldn't continue in good conscience," he told NRK.

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