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Rwanda asylum: Iranian policeman who defied orders says he fears for his life

An Iranian ex-police commander due to be deported from the UK to Rwanda under a controversial scheme says he fears being killed by Iranian agents there.

The man previously gave testimony to a UK-based rights groups' tribunal investigating alleged Iranian atrocities during protests in 2019.

He has been held at a detention centre near Gatwick Airport after arriving in the UK from Turkey in May.

The first asylum seekers are set to be deported under the scheme on Tuesday.

Their applications will be processed in Rwanda, where they will be given accommodation and help. If successful, they will be able to remain in Rwanda with up to five years' access to education and support.

However the plan has been criticised by politicians and charities, who have raised concerns about the African nation's human rights record.


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