Daughter of Ahmadinejad’s advisor applies for asylum in Germany


Published in weekly magazine “Der Spiegel” on October 13, 2009
Source: http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,654987,00.html

The daughter of a close ally to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeks refuge in Germany: Filmmaker Nargef [sic! – further on correct spelling will be used] Kalhor has applied for asylum in Germany. She is a supporter of the Iranian reform movement.

Nürnberg/Tehran – Narges Kalhor participated in the Nuremberg Film Festival for Human Rights and presented a film about torture. Then, the 25 year old filmmaker refused to return to Iran and applied for asylum. Meanwhile she is staying in a reception camp near Nuremberg, said a festival spokesman.

Her father, Mehdi Kalhor, according to sources in Tehran is said to be a close ally of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The former documentarian has been his adviser on cultural affairs since August 2005. His daughter had been at the Nuremberg festival to present her short movie “”The Rake”. The Kafka-adaptation taking place in Iran is also critical of the regime, said the festival spokesman.

(Mehdi) Kalhor has confirmed the asylum application to the Iranian News Agency Mehr. He said he did not know why his daughter had applied for asylum. He had not met her since he divorced his wife a year ago. His daughter had been “used” for propaganda purposes by “enemies of the country”, said Kalhor. He had advised her to “not take the path in which there is no turning back.”

In a video that was posted on YouTube on Monday, Kalhor expressed her support for the reform movement in Iran. She continued in saying said that she and her father had different opinions, and she was sure that he had not seen her movie. Nevertheless she hopes for his support. “A person can change any time”, Kalhor said.



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