Iran investigates reputed defection in Norway
Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it is looking into the case of the Iranian embassy worker in Oslo who recently sought asylum in Norway.
ISNA reports that the spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday that one of its staff from the Iranian embassy in Norway has indeed not returned to Iran, and the matter is under investigation.
Ramin Mehmanparast denied that the employee was a diplomat, saying rather that that he is an administrator who had reached the end of his term at the embassy.
The ministry spokesman added that it appears the employee faced “personal difficulties” that involved his child’s education and other family problems, and that’s why he has postponed his return to Iran.
The lawyer acting for the Iranian who is allegedly seeking asylum has told Reuters, however, that his client was a diplomat that he applied for asylum in Norway in December of 2012.
A number of Iranian diplomats have sought asylum in foreign countries, especially following the election protest of 2009 and the widespread crackdown on protesters in Iran.