Finland grants asylum to Iranian diplomat

HELSINKI — A senior Iranian diplomat who quit his job at his country's embassy in Helsinki said Thursday he has been granted political asylum by Finland.
Hossein Alizadeh said he will continue to oppose the Iranian government and live in Finland with his family.
Alizadeh said he stepped down as the embassy's No. 2 last month because of the Iranian government's crackdown on those protesting the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year, calling the election as fraudulent.