Afghan interpreters serving with British troops ‘sent to their deaths’ if not offered asylum
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Winston Churchill’s great-grandson has delivered a petition with more than 55,000 signatures to Downing Street, demanding action to protect Afghan interpreters who served with British troops in Afghanistan.
Alexander Perkins, who served two tours of duty in the country as a captain in the Scots Guards, said the UK owes the interpreters a “huge debt” and they will be “sent to their deaths” if they are not offered asylum.
The Government has proposed a relocation package which means those who served for more than a year could be eligible for a five-year visa.
Mr Perkins said the pledge falls “short of the mark”.
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