Church of England faces questions over acid attack suspect’s conversion
35 year-old Abdul Ezedi attacked a mother and two children with a corrosive alkaline substance in Clapham on Wednesday. The perpetrator, who claimed to have converted to Christianity, was granted asylum in the UK for religious reasons.
The Church of England has been criticised over supporting the Afghan sex offender’s asylum application. Authorities confirm that Ezedi’s third appeal was supported by a Church of England priest. Ezedi had been denied entry to the UK twice. The suspect claimed that he had converted to Christianity and his life would have been in danger in case he was sent back to Afghanistan.
The acid attack left the mother, her daughters disfigured and others injured.
Miriam Cates, a Christian co-chairman of the New Conservative group of MPs, stated: “This shocking and tragic case is everybody’s worst nightmare but it also shows the urgent need to tighten up our asylum processes. This man should never have been granted asylum in this country and we need to get to the bottom of how he was able to be granted leave to remain. This brings home the enormous security threat that this country faces from thousands of illegal migrants entering the UK each year.”
According to Alan Mendoza, a member of the Henry Jackson Society counter-extremism think tank: “Abdul Ezedi should never have been granted asylum status in the UK in the first place following multiple failed attempts and a sexual offences conviction. That he was allowed to stay after an obviously false conversion to Christianity highlights the continued problem of the complicity of various British institutions in what has become a pro-asylum industry. The consequences of this are frequently devastating.”