New York, Oct 2 (ANI): An Iranian cameraman traveling with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his recent visit to the UN defected last week and is now seeking political asylum in the United States.
Hassan Gol Khanban, who defected in New York, was reportedly hiding out in an "undisclosed location" on Monday.
According to the New York Daily News, Khanban put in the paperwork after the Iranian delegation, which was in the city for the United Nations General Assembly, left on Thursday "and he didn't."
The man's lawyer, Paul O'Dwyer, did not divulge how Khanban ran afoul of his masters, but said he was the "longtime cameraman" for Ahmadinejad.
"The regime wanted him to do things that he didn't want to do," the paper quoted O'Dwyer, as saying.
"He was concerned that he would be perceived as not being a full supporter of the regime and that he would be targeted and punished as a result," he added.
The Iranian consulate has not yet weighed in on Khanban's defection. (ANI)