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The profile of an Afghan migrant convicted of murder is causing a stir in the UK


Having already killed two people in Serbia and been convicted of drug trafficking in Italy, the man was able to seek asylum in England posing as a 14-year-old minor, the Telegraph reveals .

The case has a particular echo in the United Kingdom, while the British executive is working on a plan against illegal immigration. According to information from Telegram , a 21-year-old Afghan migrant, convicted of a murder committed in March 2021, was granted permission to stay in England in 2019 to seek asylum after claiming he was a minor. Previously, Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai had also killed two people in Serbia and was reportedly convicted of drug trafficking in Italy.

A more than worrying liability which clearly escaped the British authorities, since the young man was placed in a foster family in England in December 2019, after claiming to be a 14-year-old unaccompanied minor fleeing the Taliban. A few weeks earlier, he had also applied for asylum in Norway, which had refused him. He would have managed to reach the United Kingdom on a ferry which would have taken him from Cherbourg, in France, to Poole, in England.

It was in a nearby town in Dorset, Bournemouth, that he killed Thomas Roberts, a “Royal Marine” midshipman, by stabbing him on March 12, 2022. The night of the murder, Thomas Roberts would have surrendered in several bars and clubs with James Medway, a friend. As they were looking for a taxi home, James Medway reportedly spotted an electric scooter and suggested his comrade take it home. An argument then reportedly broke out between Lawangeen Abdulrahimzai and James Medway over the scooter. The young migrant allegedly ended up stabbing Thomas Roberts twice.

Passed “through the cracks”

When arrested, Abdulrahimzai reportedly told officers that he was 16 and had arrived in the UK two years earlier when he was 14. During his trial, he allegedly admitted to stabbing the victim, but he claimed he thought Thomas Roberts was a Taliban agent who had come to assassinate him. A defense that obviously did not convince the jurors, since he was found guilty of murder.

The case is causing a stir in the United Kingdom, where Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his Interior Minister Suella Braverman are working on the fight against illegal immigration. An agreement with Albania, aimed at allowing the rapid deportation of failed Albanian asylum seekers, was recently announced. The British executive has also declared that it wants to resume Boris Johnson’s plan to deport asylum seekers who have arrived illegally to Rwanda. Tory MP Tobias Ellwood asked “an investigation into how such a dangerous individual slipped through the cracks“.

According to the TelegramLawangeen Abdulrahimzai is said to have willfully missed interview appointments and refused to hand over documents to British authorities, so that his true age would not be discovered.

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