David Cameron’s Afghan translator is told he and his family CAN relocate to the UK despite his sacking for threatening female officer
- The Afghan man, known as Shaffy, translated for top officials including Cameron
- He was sacked a decade ago amid claims of threats made to a female Brit officer
- As a result he was not qualified for relocation when western troops withdrew
- That decision has now been reversed after further discussions around the case
Shaffy working alongside David Cameron
David Cameron’s former Afghan translator wept with joy yesterday after being told he and his family can finally begin a new life in the UK.
Despite working with the British military for six years – three on the frontline and three with senior officers and visiting politicians such as Mr Cameron – the man known as Shaffy was denied relocation to Britain because of his dismissal over misconduct allegations.
But the 33-year-old father-of-five will now be allowed to settle in the UK after lawyers pressed for a judicial review, leading to the ex-translator – twice injured by Taliban bombs – being granted sanctuary under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Programme (ARAP).
The Daily Mail have fought for Afghan translators who helped the British war effort before being abandoned to the Taliban.
Shaffy was fired in 2013 for what Ministry of Defence officials described as serious offences that centred on allegations of threats to a female officer.
But after months of discussion about the case and his dismissal, including with the woman involved, he has now received an offer of relocation.
Shaffy said: ‘It was 3.15 in the morning when I opened the email from the Ministry of Defence saying that I was eligible for relocation. The news was amazing. There were lots of tears of happiness and relief.
‘From the day I appeared on Afghan and international television beside David Cameron, I became a prized target for the Taliban.
‘They told me I was an “infidel spy” because I stood with Mr Cameron helping the British as they killed their fighters and that I would die because of it.’
He added: ‘I want to thank the British Government, my lawyers, campaigners and those like the Daily Mail who believed in me.’
Retired Major General Charlie Herbert, who took up the case, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that Shaffy has finally been granted eligibility.’
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