Mr. Farzad Farhangian is an Iranian diplomat who served in Brussels, Belgium. He is now seeking asylum in Norway, from where he wants to join the opposition to the regime in Iran which he can no longer support.
Speaking in Oslo, Mr. Farhangian spoke about his loyalty to his country and the reasons that led him to defect his post in Brussels. He explained it with the following words: "I describe myself as a soldier for my country, for my nation, not for my regime. Actually this is a regime I don't belong to at all." He also stated that he wants to "take a stand in support of the Iranian people and the [opposition] movement."
His remarks are similar to those made by Hossein Alizadeh, another Iranian diplomat who defected in Finland on Monday. Mr. Alizadeh explained that his resignation was in protest over the disputed June 2009 elections and the government's subsequent crackdown on the opposition and the way protesters were treated. He also expressed that he did not want to belong to the regime under president Ahmadinejad.
Earlier this year, in February, Norway has granted asylum to another diplomat from Iran, making Mr. Farhangian the third official to leave Iran's diplomatic corps. He left Brussels for Oslo, accompanied by his family, because he felt that staying in Belgium may have put his life in danger.
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that in he is under police protection in Oslo.