Nigel Farage calls for a 'Brexit 2.0' as Taliban torturer granted asylum in UK

The ex-intelligence commander is allowed to stay in the UK under the European Convention on Human Rights

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Nigel Farage has called for a “Brexit 2.0” in response to the Home Office’s decision to grant a former Taliban torturer asylum in the UK under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The ex-intelligence commander was recruited to the Taliban as a child soldier in the 1990s and is said to have ordered waterboarding, sleep deprivation and whipping to extract information from prisoners.

GB News presenter Nigel Farage
GB News presenter Nigel Farage
Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi speaks during a ceremony to raise the Taliban flag in Kabul, Afghanistan
Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi speaks during a ceremony to raise the Taliban flag in Kabul, Afghanistan

The 42-year-old sought asylum in the UK in 2006 but was rejected, according to The Sun.

His latest appeal was accepted on the basis that if he was deported back to Afghanistan, he would be captured and tortured himself, a breach of his human rights.

Mr Farage, former Brexit Party leader, explained on GB News: “If he was sent back to Afghanistan, he himself might face torture and under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, that would not be allowed and we’re still a signatory to that."

He added: “See Brexit only went so far, we need Brexit 2.0.

“In my opinion, I think when people refer to Brexit, they thought foreign criminals and torturers would be more easily removed from this country, well sadly they’re not.”

Mr Farage’s comments come after the UK agreed to take in up to 20,000 Afghan refugees since it fell to the Taliban last year.

According to figures from the United Nations Human High Commissioner for Refugees, there were 135,912 refugees in Britain, plus 83,489 pending asylum cases and 3,968 stateless persons as of mid-2021.