Ahmadinejad’s cameraman defects, seeks asylum in US
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Ahmadinejad’s cameraman defects, seeks asylum in US

Hassan Gol Khanban had accompanied the Iranian president on his trip to the UN General Assembly

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he arrives at his seat before addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (photo credit: AP/Jason DeCrow)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he arrives at his seat before addressing the UN General Assembly on Wednesday (photo credit: AP/Jason DeCrow)

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a cameraman who was accompanying Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the US 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 US He provided no other details.

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

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

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

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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