Norway grants Iranian ex-diplomat asylum

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 Tehran, 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.

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Source: Associated Press

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