Legal action over visa applications for judges hunted by the Taliban

Government faces legal action after rejecting visa applications of 35 mostly female judges who are being hunted by the Taliban

  • UK Government facing legal action as it refused Afghan judges’ visa applications
  • The 35 judges, most of whom are women, are being hunted by the Taliban
  • But applications for visas which would allow them to flee to Britain were rejected

The Government is facing embarrassing legal action after it rejected visa applications from 35 Afghan judges who are being hunted by the Taliban.

The judges, most of whom are women, are currently in hiding in safe houses – and many are being tracked by Taliban and Islamic State extremists they personally had sent to jail.

They did this as part of efforts by the military coalition – including Britain – to build a new Afghan state with a functioning judiciary.

UK Government is facing embarrassing legal action after it rejected visa applications from 35 Afghan judges who are currently being hunted by the Taliban. Pictured: Afghan people stand in line to receive visa in front of the Iranian Embassy in Kabul

But, farcically, the UK Government has refused multiple applications for visas which would allow them to flee to Britain.

Leading law firm Mishcon de Reya will apply for a judicial review of the Government’s decision, with papers due to be lodged today.

Solicitor Maria Patsalos said the judges were fearing for their lives and described the delays as ‘morally abhorrent’. 

But a Government spokesman said all relocation applications were being considered ‘in line with the eligibility criteria’.

The judges, most of whom are women, are currently in hiding in safe houses – and many are being tracked by Taliban and Islamic State extremists they personally had sent to jail. Pictured: Taliban fighters

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