Raelian Iranian leader freed in Turkey
After 10 days in detention at an Istanbul facility, Negar Azizmoradi was released yesterday by the Turkish Government. Her release came
just one day after hundreds of Raelians staged massive protests in front of Turkish Embassies and consulates around the world.
Azizmoradi's exact location in Turkey is being withheld to protect her.
“Negar is staying in a secret location under protection of the Turkish authorities to avert a possible Iranian attack on her person," said
Brigitte Boisselier, spokesperson of the Raelian Movement. “She will remain in that location until she is accepted as a political refugee in
a Western country. The Turkish office of the UNCHR is actively helping her so that she can receive such status quickly.”
Rael, founder and leader of the International Raelian Movement, sent written congratulations to the Turkish government for expediting Azizmoradi's release
and providing her with excellent protection.
“Our religion, based on tolerance, absolute non-violence and respect of all religious minorities, will forever keep in its heart the exemplary way your country treated Negar," Rael wrote. “It would be a great honor for me to officially visit your country, or to have one of my official representatives meet with you to express publicly our gratitude and our support for your government.”