Another Iranian diplomat to seek asylum

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Another Iranian diplomat in western Europe, the third this year, is expected Tuesday to announce his resignation and intention to seek aslyum, a spokesman for a support group said.

Farzad Farhangian, who is attached to Iran's embassy in Brussels, will hold a news conference in Oslo to announce his intention to join the opposition to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and seek asylum in Norway, Saki Rahman of the Norwegian-Iranian support committee said.

"He is seeking asylum from Norwegian authorities because his life was in danger in Brussels," Rahman told AFP.

Farhangian is the third Iranian diplomat this year to resign and seek protection in a Nordic country.

A senior official at the Iranian embassy in Helsinki, Hossein Alizadeh, told reporters Monday he was seeking asylum in Finland.

The ex-consul general of Iran's embassy in Oslo, Mohamed Reza Heydari, was granted asylum by Norway in February after he resigned in January.

At a press conference in Helsinki on Monday, Alizadeh delivered a blistering condemnation of Ahmedinejad, saying he would not be the last diplomat to resign in protest over "fraudulent" June 2009 elections and the subsequent crackdown on protestors.

© 2010 AFP

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