"I'm a terrorist, can I live in your country I attacked?" "Yea sure." 17 replies

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DnC

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#1 12 years ago

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4767463.stm

Afghan hijackers 'not spongers' The group of Afghan hijackers granted permission by the High Court to stay in the UK say they are educated people who do not want to "sponge" off the state. In a statement, the nine asylum seekers said they were desperate to be allowed to work and contribute to UK society. They also apologised to passengers on the flight they hijacked to Stansted in 2000, for the fear they had caused. Tony Blair has said the decision not to return the men to Afghanistan is "an abuse of common sense". Six years ago the men hijacked an Ariana Boeing 727 that was on an internal flight in Afghanistan, saying they were escaping the Taleban. They forced the plane to fly to Stansted airport, in Essex, which led to a four day stand-off and eventually asylum applications by 78 people on board. Convictions quashed "We do realise that for the other people on that plane the hijack was terrifying and we regret causing such fear in the hearts of others," the nine men said in the statement issued through a west London law centre. "But we did it because we were desperate and we did not believe we could all get away safely in any other way." Their solicitor, Sheona York, said the men were part of a democratic opposition in Afghanistan. "They'd been organising education for women, and people were being tortured and killed for carrying out such work. They fled because their lives were in danger." Brothers Ali and Mohammed Safi were jailed along with Abdul Shohab, Taimur Shah, Nazamuddin Mohammidy, Abdul Ghayur, Mohammed Kazin, Mohammed Showaib and Reshad Ahmadi in 2001. Ali Safi was described as a university lecturer during the original trial. Appeal judges quashed their convictions in May 2003 but insisted that their decision was "not a charter for future hijackers". They said a mistake in directing the jury was the only reason the men's appeal had succeeded. On Wednesday, the High Court ruled the men could remain in the UK until it was safe to return to Afghanistan. The government has said it will appeal. 'Brutal tyranny' In their statement, the men said they had been in imminent danger from the Taleban and taking the plane had been the quickest and only way to ensure they escaped torture and possible execution. "We want people to realise that we understand the shock and even outrage against us and what we did, and we are of course extremely sorry for the distress and fear that we caused to others by taking the plane. "But we wish people to consider our side of the story - the medieval and brutal tyranny we were escaping from, the fact that we went to prison and served our full sentence for the hijacking." They pointed to an asylum adjudicator appeal panel's decision - made in 2004 - that they would be at risk of torture and death if they went back to Afghanistan. This week High Court judge Mr Justice Sullivan criticised the government for "deliberately delaying" implementing that panel's decision. 'Enormous risks' The men said: "We believe that it is this delay and the fact that we have been kept idle and living on state support all these years when we could be working, supporting our families and contributing to society which is an affront to common sense. "We are desperate to work as, before we came to this country, all of us had worked to support ourselves and our families, from a very young age." The men said they had taken enormous personal risks to organise secret schools for girls in Afghanistan, and considered themselves to be allies of Britain in the struggle against terrorism. They had skills to offer and "sponging" and "living off the state" was the last thing they wanted to do, they said. On Friday an order banning the naming of the nine was lifted by a judge following applications from two newspaper publishers.

Who the hell do these people think they are? They are complaining that they want work and their own homes in the UK after hijacking one of it's planes. No ones cares if someone was after them; you don't commit terrorism if you are evading terrorists. They wasted a lot of time and money from the British governments and obviously, more importantly, in-sighted terror to all the people on board therefore they are terrorists. They shoulda been sent back to their own country where they probably would of been rightfully sentenced. Hopefully killed. They should be incredibly grateful that some retarded judge let them stay here and shoulda kept their mouth shut. Disgraceful. :bawl:




GOD111

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#2 12 years ago
DnChttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4767463.stm Who the hell do these people think they are? They are complaining that they want work and their own homes in the UK after hijacking one of it's planes. No ones cares if someone was after them; you don't commit terrorism if you are evading terrorists. They wasted a lot of time and money from the British governments and obviously, more importantly, in-sighted terror to all the people on board therefore they are terrorists. They shoulda been sent back to their own country where they probably would of been rightfully sentenced. Hopefully killed. They should be incredibly grateful that some retarded judge let them stay here and shoulda kept their mouth shut. Disgraceful. :bawl:

Couldn't of said it better my self:uhm:




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#3 12 years ago

they commited a criminal act. i dont want criminals to stay in my country. the taleban are no longer in control of afghanistan. if they are educated people as they say they are, then they could make an important contribution to afghanistan's future. send them back. sent the judges and our pathetic government with them.


Thinking about it.



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#4 12 years ago

why can't thy be deported back now that afganistan is more safe.

they should get jail.




Mastah_Chief

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#5 12 years ago

:uhm: You got to wonder if we elected the right people to run a country.




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#6 12 years ago
Tony Blair has said the decision not to return the men to Afghanistan is "an abuse of common sense".

First sensible thing he's ever said.




M!tch VIP Member

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#7 12 years ago

Mastah_Chief:uhm: You got to wonder if we elected the right people to run a country.[/QUOTE]

wonder? i dont wonder, i know we didnt. or i should say i didnt, some other idiots voted for them

[QUOTE=Mr. Matt]First sensible thing he's ever said.

yeah,but it was probably thought up by someone else


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#8 12 years ago
M!tch the taleban are no longer in control of afghanistan.

Not strictly true for the whole country.. While they're not the official government, they still command a good deal of support in certain areas of Afghanistan, and President Karzai's government is a long way from forming a hegemonic state.




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#9 12 years ago

:giggle: And I was thinking only the Dutch government was this stupid..




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#10 12 years ago
jackthehammer:giggle: And I was thinking only the Dutch government was this stupid..

The government is trying to overturn the decision. This is entirely down to the judge who made the ruling.




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