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Family Of Missing Former Iranian Official Accuses Turkey

March 19, 2007 -- The two wives and other relatives of former Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Ali Reza Asghari, who disappeared in Istanbul last month, gathered outside the Turkish Embassy in Tehran today.

The relatives are quoted as complaining they were not able to meet with the ambassador despite an earlier promise.

One of Ali Reza Asghari's wives, Ziba Ahmadi, accused Turkey of kidnapping her husband and handing him over to Israel.

Asghari, a deputy defense minister under the government of President Mohammad Khatami, disappeared on February 7 after checking into a hotel in Istanbul on a private visit.

At least one Iranian official has said that he might have been kidnapped by Western intelligence services.

His disappearance has led to speculation in Western, Israeli, and Turkish media that he may have defected to the West.

(ILNA, Reuters)

Copyright (c) 2007 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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