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For 9:30 A.M. Tehran, 11 Dec. 56
GARRY DAVIS EXPELLED FROM EGYPTIAN EMBASSY BY POLICE OFFICIAL GUEST OF IRANIAN GOVERNMENT
Garry Davis, Coordinator for World Government and spokesman for the World Citizenship Movement, was refused asylum by the Egyptian Embassy on Human Rights Day despite the expiration of his 15 day Iranian transit visa on the 9th December.
The Egyptian Charge d'Affaires requested the Iranian Ministry of Interior to remove Mr. Davis from the Embassy grounds by force after hearing his request. In acceding to this request, the Iranian Government actually "imported" Mr. Davis against his will thereby assuming responsibility for his presence in Iran. He thus became as of 1:30 P.M. yesterday an official guest of the Iranian Govt.
Taken to a local precinct for questioning, the First World Citizen refused to answer all questions claiming his business was solely with the Egyptian Embassy. At 6:00 P.M. he was brought before General Darakhahan, deputy Chief of Police. The General asked to see Mr. Davis' World Passport. He refused on the grounds that he had as yet no legal status in Iran even if brought back into the country by the Iranian police on orders from the Ministry of Interior.
General Darakhahan said he would request the Egyptian Embassy to expedite Mr. Davis' visa and in the meantime he would be the guest of the Iranian Government until he departed. He added that if the Egyptian Government refused entry to the World Citizen, the Iranian Government would provide transportation for him to one of the Regional Offices of World Government in Europe.
Since Mr. Davis' present status in Iran is highly irregular and corresponds to that of a Head of State of a sovereign government, he intends to seek an audience with Mr. Hussein Ala, Prime Minister, if he has not departed at the end of a week, to request formal recognition of his World Citizen status and of World Government.
The government has provided quarters for Mr. Davis at Hotel Ferdowai.
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