Afghan teen wins asylum challenge
A TEENAGE Afghan boy who claims that the Taliban wanted to use him as a suicide bomber has won a High Court challenge against a refusal to grant him refugee status, writes Tim Healy.
The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was not given a fair hearing by the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, Mr Justice John Edwards ruled.
The tribunal member who dealt with his case had not addressed the expressed worry that the teen was at risk of being "press-ganged as a child soldier or that he might even be forced to undertake a suicide bombing", the judge said.
He had applied for refugee status, based on fears that he would be prosecuted by both the Taliban and by the Afghan government, after arriving in Ireland in 2006 when he was 13 years old.