A cameraman who was accompanying Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to the United States for the UN General Assembly in New York last week has defected.
Paul O'Dwyer, a New York City-based lawyer representing Hassan Gol Khanban, confirmed that his client is seeking asylum in the United States.
He said Khanban's wife and children have also fled Iran but could not reveal their whereabouts.
O'Dwyer, who said the asylum claim could take up to six months, added that there were also ongoing efforts to relocate Khanban's wife and children to the United States.
Ahmadinejad delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly on September 26 in what was said to be his last appearance at the forum.
Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and BBC's Persian Service