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On Saturday, in an interview with Agence France Presse, Alizadeh said that he was considering seeking asylum in Finland. He claimed that he was very frightened, having received email threats. Alizadeh has a wife and three children and has worked in the Iranian foreign service for more than 20 years.
Source (Finnish National News)
Hossein Alizadeh, an Iranian diplomat in Helsinki who resigned from his post last week, wants to remain in Finland. Speaking at a press conference on Monday he said that he will apply for political asylum in Finland. Before leaving his post, Alizadeh was the second-highest ranking official at the Iranian Embassy. On Saturday he announced that he had resigned in protest against the anti-democratic policies. Iran’s Foreign Ministry has said that Alizadeh’s term at the embassy had concluded already in August, and said that he wanted to stay in Finland because his children are in school here.