Another Iranian Diplomat Defects

(Reuters) Ahmed Maleki, who was vice consul of Iran's consulate in Milan before fleeing to Paris with his family last month, is the latest in a string of officials to defect from the Islamic state. He said in an interview Tuesday that Iranians had been inspired by images of popular revolt in North Africa but faced a regime far more brutal than those of Egypt, Tunisia or even Libya. "They are willing to...resort to whatever measure, including slaughter and bloodshed to the extreme, in order to retain power."

2011-03-04 00:00:00

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