He accused the Home Office of using impossible requests for original documents from Kabul and other bureaucratic obstacles as “excuses” not to offer his cousin protection.
“When you leave a warzone you think you come here and you’re going to be alright, you think people will understand your situation but then it goes against you,” Arash added.
But later that evening she received a message from a British woman who had been hosting Mr Bigzad in Margate saying he was back in a UK detention centre.
Kavel Rafferty said she had given up all hope for the asylum seeker, who has been staying with her for four months, when she received a phone call from the Brook House immigration removal centre near Gatwick.
“There’s a real push to deport people and specifically around Afghans, they seem to be particularly harsh,” she added.
Someone’s life is at risk.’ “The guards took him back to Brook House – I really don’t know what will happen next.” Turkish Airlines, which also operated a connecting flight planned to take Mr Bigzad from Istanbul to Kabul, has not yet responded to a request for comment on the incident.There has also been heavy criticism over the plight of Afghan military interpreters who have been refused asylum despite being targeted by the Taliban because of their “collusion” with British forces.Ms Chapman said Mr Bigzad was “clearly in danger”, adding that his deportation followed a series of controversial asylum decisions on Afghans.“All country policy and information is based on a careful and objective assessment of available evidence from a range of sources including media outlets, local, national and international organisations, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,” she added.“We continually review our country policy and information to ensure it is up-to-date, accurate and relevant, so that staff can make fair and considered decisions.” Home Office statistics show that only 34 per cent of asylum applications were granted in 2016, with the rate for Afghan applicants standing at 35 per cent, sparking criticism from humanitarian groups amid worsening violence in the country.