Liverpool bombs ‘exploited Britain’s asylum system’, claims Priti Patel

Liverpool bombs 'exploited Britain's dysfunctional asylum system', claims Priti Patel

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, was the only person killed in the terrorist attack in Liverpool on Sunday (Photo: Rex / Getty)

The Liverpool bombing suspect was able to exploit Britain’s ‘dysfunctional’ asylum system to stay in the country, Priti Patel has claimed.

The Home Secretary has described the system as a ‘complete carousel’ with an ‘entire industry’ dedicated to defending the rights of people who intend to cause harm.

Emad Al Swealmeen, 32, died when homemade device exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital in a terrorist attack moments before noon. 11.00 two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.

The suspect was denied an asylum application in 2015 after arriving from the Middle East the year before, but he was still in the country six years later.

But Mrs Patel’s comments come as new research shows that most migrants take the dangerous journey across the English Channel to escape persecution.

The Tory politician said the Liverpool case showed why the government was right in reforming the asylum system while on a flight to Washington, according to reports.

She said: ‘The case in Liverpool was a complete reflection of how dysfunctional, how damaged the system has been in the past and why I want to bring about change.

‘It’s a complete carousel and it’s been exploited. A whole kind of professional law firm has relied on redress and goes to court day in and day out at the expense of taxpayers through legal aid. That is, in fact, what we need to change. ‘

She added: ‘These people have come to our country and have abused British values, abused the values ​​of the structure of our country and our society.

‘And as a result, there’s an entire industry that believes it’s right to defend these individuals who are causing the most heinous crimes against British citizens, ruining their lives, destroying society – and that’s completely wrong.’

The suspect had his asylum application rejected six years ago (Image: REX / Shutterstock)

Home Secretary Priti Patel during a visit to the Thames Valley Police Training Center in Reading, following the news that over 11,000 police officers have now been hired as part of the government's promise to recruit 20,000 additional officers by 2023. Image date: Thursday 28 October 2021 PA Photo.  See PA story POLITICS Patel.  Image credit should read: Steve Parsons / PA Wire

Ms Patel claims that there is an ‘entire industry’ dedicated to defending the rights of people who intend to cause harm (Image: PA)

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Taxi driver David Perry escaped unbelievably after the car exploded

Data from the Refugee Council suggest that ‘the majority of people crossing the canal are likely to be recognized as in need of protection’ in the initial decision-making phase. A third would not be allowed to stay in the UK.

Between January 2020 and June this year, 91% of migrants came from 10 countries where human rights violations and persecution are widespread, including Afghanistan, Iran and Syria.

Britain’s terrorist threat was raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘serious’ in the wake of the Liverpool bombing.

This means that an attack is now considered “very likely”, but not immediately imminent.

Investigators ‘keep an open mind’ about the motivation, which is currently unknown.

In a speech to The Sun, an unnamed source claimed that Al Swealmeen could have detonated a suicide bomb after being “pushed over the edge” when his asylum applications were repeatedly denied.

A Christian couple who took on the ‘desperate’ Liverpool terror suspect back in 2017 have said the news is ‘almost too impossible to believe’.

Malcolm and Elizabeth claim that he had been an ‘absolutely true’ Christian with a ‘true passion for Jesus Christ’.

This comes amid growing concerns in the Home Office about the role the Church of England is playing in converting asylum seekers.

Hitchcott told BBC Radio Merseyside: ‘He arrived here on April 1, 2017. He was with us then for eight months and during that time we saw him really flourish in terms of his Christian faith.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: In this aerial photo, police officers continue their forensic investigations at the scene of the car explosion at Liverpool Women's Hospital on November 16, 2021 in Liverpool, England.  Authorities named the suspect in Sunday's bombing as Emad Al Swealmeen, who detonated a homemade explosive while sitting in the back of a taxi outside Liverpool Women's Hospital.  Mr.  The Swealmeen died in the taxi, whose driver escaped with minor injuries.  Four men arrested elsewhere in Liverpool after the explosion was released without charge.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)

Police officers continue their forensic investigations at the scene of the car explosion (Image: Getty Images Europe)

‘He really had a passion for Jesus that I wish many Christians had and he was ready to learn.

‘He was eager to read his Bible, and every night we prayed – my wife and him, and if there were others in the house – we prayed for half an hour or so and studied the scriptures.

‘He was completely genuine as far as I could see. I had no doubt when he left us after the eight months that he was a Christian. ‘

Taxi driver David Perry escaped the explosion alive, with a shocking video showing him staggering from the vehicle at the last minute.

Four men arrested under terrorism law in the Kensington area of ​​Liverpool – aged 21, 26 and 29 and 20 – have now been released from police custody after questioning.

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