Iran envoy quits over 'brutality'
Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00
A VETERAN Iranian diplomat based in Norway has resigned his post, denounced his government and urged colleagues around the world to do the same after the regime's brutal suppression of huge opposition demonstrations last month.
Mohammed-Reza Heydari, Iran's consul in Oslo, is the first Iranian diplomat to publicly quit and condemn the regime. He revealed that it sought to lure him back to Tehran after rumours of his defection surfaced last week. At the time, the Iranian Foreign Ministry insisted that the rumours were baseless. Mr Heydari said that he decided to resign after Iranian security forces killed a dozen demonstrators on December 27.
Mr Heydari said that he did not fear for his life, but in the past the regime has arrested the relatives of those, such as Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel peace laureate, who criticised it from abroad.