NYC Lawyer: Ahmadinejad’s Cameraman Seeks US Asylum

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A lawyer for a cameraman who was accompanying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd) to the U.S. for the United Nations General Assembly in New York says his client has defected.

Paul O’Dwyer, a New York City-based lawyer who is representing Hassan Gol Khanban, confirmed Sunday that his client is seeking asylum in the U.S. He provided no other details.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the Iranian defected or his current whereabouts.

In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 photo, Hassan Gol Khanban, cameraman and videographer with the Iranian News Agency assigned to the Iranian Presidential detail, center, arrives at the Warwick Hotel in New York. Khanban, who was in New York covering the Iranian President’s visit to the United Nations General Assembly, is seeking asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Gary Krauss)

A message left with Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for the Iranian mission to the U.N., was not immediately returned.

Ahmadinejad addressed the assembly on Wednesday, his last as president of Iran.

Source: ABC News

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