Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Interpreter has asylum bid rejected

The UK Border Agency rejected Mohammed Rafi Hottak's asylum application
The UK Border Agency rejected Mohammed Rafi Hottak's asylum application

An Afghan man who was badly injured by a bomb while working for UK forces as an interpreter has been told he cannot stay in Britain, it was reported.

Mohammed Rafi Hottak, 25, was told in a letter from the UK Border Agency that his asylum application was being rejected because insufficient proof had been provided that he had worked with British forces, and his claims of death threats from Taliban insurgents were "not accepted".

Mr Hottak told The Times: "When I read this letter I really felt very, very sad, because the Home Office has taken so long to come up with this answer that I could not prove my identity."

He said that he would be appealing against the decision.

The UK Border Agency said that there were "significant inconsistencies" in Mr Hottak's claim, but said it would consider any new information which came to light about his case.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: "Mr Hottak's asylum application was carefully considered and comprehensive checks were carried out before a decision was made.

"There were significant inconsistencies in his claim that were not clarified to our satisfaction by the information he provided.

"The decision carries a full right of appeal and if new information came to light, we would of course consider it."

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