14 SEPTEMBER

REFUGEE DEPORTED BACK TO AFGHANISTAN TO BE EXECUTED BY THE TALIBAN

[ 14 September 2018 ]

On this day in 2018 reports emerged confirming that a 47 year old Afghan father of four who had previously fled to Britain 16 years earlier, had been “shot dead by the Taliban” after he had been deported back to the country despite threats to his life. The Taliban posted a photo of his bullet ridden body on Facebook.

Zainadin Fazlie had been granted indefinite leave to remain in 2015 but had  been subsequently found guilty of a minor crime for which he had been given an eight week suspended sentence and as a consequence, due to a recent change in the law, he was unable to appeal a decision to deport him.  His wife claimed his criminal behaviour had been a result of his poor mental health. A Home Office spokesperson when asked about the killing, responded “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”[1]

FOOTNOTES

  1. May Bulman, “Afghan father who sort refuge in UK ‘shot dead by Taliban’ after being deported by Home Office,” The Independent, 15 September 2018 accessed online at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/zainadin-fazlie-deport-home-office-taliban-afghanistan-shot-dead-refugee-a8536736.html and Ceren Sagir, “Father ‘shot dead by Taliban’ after being deported,” The Morning Star, 15-16 September 2018, p4.

 

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