Ahmadinejad's Cameraman Defects at UN General Assembly: Hassan Gol Khanban deserts Iran President
In what seems to be a major embarrassment for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the cameraman who was accompanying him to the US for the UN General Assembly has defected. New York based lawyer Paul O'Dwyer says Hassan Gol Khanban, who worked for the Iranian News Agency as a journalist covering the Iranian president, is now seeking asylum in the United States, a move his lawyer says is out of concern for his safety. Paul O'Dwyer, lawyer for Hassan Gol Khanban: "He was feeling threatened because of what he thought would happen when he went back. There were demands made on him by the presidential detail while he was here to do things that he did not want to do. He was obviously very, very concerned about what the repercussions to him would be when he went back to Iran for disobeying those orders." O'Dwyer says Gol Khanban's wife and two young children left Iran about the same time he left for the US and are in another country trying to rejoin him. Paul O'Dwyer, lawyer for Hassan Gol Khanban: "His wife and children have left and they're in a third country at the moment. There is obvious concerns for their safety also and for their wellbeing." Gol Khanban has submitted an asylum application to the US government and is awaiting an interview where he can present documentation to support his claim.