Iranian diplomat resigns in Finland

PARIS - A senior diplomat at the Iranian embassy in Finland said on Saturday he had resigned to join the political opposition movement against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Sat 11 Sep 2010, 11:35 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:31 AM

Hossein Alizadeh, who said he was second in command at Iran’s embassy in Helsinki, became the second Iranian diplomat in Europe to join the opposition movement this year following the disputed presidential election in 2009.

“I have resigned definitively in protest — I am no longer an Iranian diplomat,” Alizadeh said by telephone from Finland.

Alizadeh’s resignation was announced on Friday by the Green Wave, founded by Paris-based Iranian exile Amir Hossein Jahanchahi.

It was not immediately possible to reach the embassy for comment. The Finnish Foreign Ministry said it had no information on Alizadeh’s departure.

His move followed the resignation in January of Mohammed Reza Heydari, an Iranian consular official in Norway, who claimed political asylum and has since joined the Green Wave opposition movement in exile.

Iran’s reformist “Green” movement accuses Ahmadinejad of stealing a June 2009 election from opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi and crushing political opponents.

The disputed poll was followed by months of anti-government protests, but there have been no major rallies in Iran since December when eight people were killed in clashes with security forces.

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