Female Afghan judge in hiding from Taliban appeals Home Office’s denial of entry to UK

Hundreds of people gathered near Kabul airport last August amid Britain’s withdrawal, which an inquiry later branded a “disaster”

The woman had adjudicated over cases involving Taliban members, who have now been freed from prison, and several of her former colleagues have been assassinated, her legal team says.

A former Afghan judge who is in hiding from the Taliban has appealed to the Home Office after it denied her application for permission to enter the UK.

Lawyers from Kingsley Napley announced on Saturday that they had filed the first appeal at the Immigration Tribunal on behalf of their client – named only as “Y” – and her son.

They said the judge once presided over cases concerning Taliban members and violence against women.

“If any case should be granted on compassionate grounds, it is this one,” said Oliver Oldman, a Kingsley Napley immigration solicitor.

“Our client is in constant fear she will be discovered and deported back to Afghanistan where she and her son’s personal safety is at risk.”

The firm said the government’s decision has blocked the pair from reuniting with British and settled family members in the UK, including her nephew who works as a civil servant.

Her family wish to look after her, “notably at no cost to the British taxpayer”, Mr Oldman added.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13528 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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