New York: The lawyer representing an Iranian cameraman who accompanied President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United States and defected last week, has said his client did so because he was concerned for his safety back home.
Hassan Gol Khanban, who accompanied Ahmadinejad during the UN General Assembly, is now seeking asylum in the United States.
His lawyer, Paul O``Dwyer, said his client had been asked to do things by the Iranian presidential delegation that he had refused to do, and was concerned about what would happen when he returns to Iran, which prompted his defection, as per a news agency .
“He was feeling threatened because of what he thought would happen when he went back,” the report quoted O``Dwyer, as saying.
“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,” he added.
According to the report, O``Dwyer said his client``s wife and two young children have also left Iran.
“Khanban is very, very concerned obviously about his family. His immediate family who have left Iran, and his extended family who are still in Iran, and obviously he is concerned for himself,” the lawyer added.