Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

War crimes suspects seek UK asylum

Dozens of suspected war criminals have applied for UK immigration

Scores of suspected war criminals have applied for UK immigration, new figures suggest.

Almost 100 suspects - with the majority likely to have been living in Britain for years - originate from countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Rwanda, Serbia and Sri Lanka.

The Home Office, which says it is determined the UK will not become a refuge for war criminals, identified the suspects last year, the BBC reported.

The figures emerged from a Freedom of Information request made by broadcaster.

They show that in the 15 months from January 2012, the Home Office researched nearly 800 cases where individuals were suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

It made "adverse recommendations" against 99 people who had applied for British citizenship, asylum or leave to remain in the UK, the BBC reported.

A further 16 war crimes suspects had applied to enter the UK.

It follows earlier figures suggesting more than 700 suspected war criminals were identified by UK immigration officials between 2005 and 2012.

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