An illegal immigrant who was smuggled into the UK after his father and brother were murdered by militants in his native Afghanistan has lost his fight to remain in the UK. Najibullah Hashimi, 19, has been living in England ever since fleeing his war-torn homeland as a youngster.
He has since settled well in the UK, and has the full backing of his foster family, his girlfriend, and his teammates at Rodmersham Cricket Club in Kent. Hashimi and crowds of supporters – including his foster father’s two young sons, who refer to the Afghan national as “brother” – put forward a case for a right to remain in the UK last month. However, a letter from the Home Office has since confirmed Mr Hashimi has failed in his appeal, and will be sent to Kabul – despite hearing his concerns that his life will be in danger.