Dozens of Afghan interpreters who worked in the British Army said they said [national] safety,” Independent Can be clarified.
The man was allowed to move here by the Ministry of Defense after many years of service.
But when the Taliban began occupying a large area of the country last month, they and their families told them they would not be allowed to enter the UK because they risked it from the Interior Ministry. I received the letter.
No further explanation was given and no right to appeal was provided – they remained trapped and feared retaliation for their time to help the West’s interests.
Now, a lawyer representing one of the interpreters has taken the Home Office to court and demanded that he overturn the decision or give a more detailed explanation of why the man was suddenly considered dangerous.
At a special hearing in the High Court on Friday night, the judge ordered the government to provide those details within 24 hours. This is something that hasn’t been done yet.
“These men were there for the British troops in Afghanistan,” said Rehana Popal, a professional immigration barrister working on the case. “They toured with the soldiers, helped connect with the local community and did an important job.
“Now we are not only turning our backs on them, but saying,” In fact, you are a threat to us. ” that’s terrible. How can the mod accept you and say no when the home office arrives at the 11th hour, the most dangerous time? I’m sorry. It doesn’t make sense. “
The man she represents in the High Court could be the benchmark for all other interpreters in the same situation. If his proceedings can be successfully appealed, it will help other refusals to be challenged.
Nevertheless Independent He does not name him at his request. He is currently hiding in a village near Kabul with his wife and six children under the age of 13.
Speaking from there, he revealed that armed Taliban fighters were patrolling the area and threatened to kill him. Just last week he was shot when he headed to Kabul Airport in an attempt to defend his case at Kabul Airport. The bullet grabbed the 38-year-old’s neck.
He said: “This is when the British troops help me because I helped them.”
And he added: “The village is very dangerous. The Taliban are here and armed … this is difficult for me. I just want the British government to help. There is no reason for them to refuse my proceedings … my kid We – They are children. Their situation is very bad … Everyone here knows that I was an interpreter for the British and American troops. “
The man worked in the British Army between 2011 and 2012. That time was sandwiched between 2007-11 and almost 10 years working in the United States again from 2012-16.
He has a distant family known as a member of the Taliban, but he says both the US military and mods were aware of these connections before they started working for them over a decade ago.
His own application for relocation to the United Kingdom was first made in May 2021 when it was revealed that the U.S. military would leave the United Kingdom as part of Afghanistan’s relocation and support policy scheme. It was approved by the mod in the same month, but was rejected by the Home Office in a letter on July 30th.
The Interior Ministry said it would not comment on individual cases, but said more than 10,000 people had been airlifted from the country since the start of the evacuation as of August 15.