Lib Dems Seek Help for Afghan interpreters

An Afghan army soldier stands guard near a military vehicle in Marjah district of southern Helmand province of Afghanistan
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Two former interpreters who risked their lives working for British forces in Afghanistan have lost their challenge to a High Court as the court rules that  the Government assistance scheme open to them is lawful….reports Asian Lite News

Mr Tim Farron, the new leader of the Liberal  Democrats
Mr Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the news Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “These brave men have put themselves and their families at risk in their efforts to aid our armed forces in Afghanistan.

“We are demanding that the current scheme be reviewed, and where necessary it should cover locally engaged staff employed by the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Afghanistan who left employment before the 2012 cut-off date.

“94 percent of Afghan interpreters have received death threats. Britain owes these people a massive debt of gratitude and the government must step up and help those in need. They put their lives at risk to serve alongside us, and the least we can do is protect them from persecution for that service.”

Two former interpreters who risked their lives working for British forces in Afghanistan this morning lost their challenge to a High Court ruling that the Government assistance scheme open to them is lawful.

They have challenged the assistance and relocation scheme set up by the British Government for Afghan interpreters, aimed at keeping former Afghan staff safe in case of risks arising from their former employment.

 An Afghan army soldier stands guard near a military vehicle in Marjah district of southern Helmand province of Afghanistan
An Afghan army soldier stands guard near a military vehicle in Marjah district of southern Helmand province of Afghanistan