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Photo shows chemical attacker being baptised as it’s revealed church backed asylum bid despite sex offence conviction

A CHURCH shockingly backed the Clapham chemical attacker’s asylum bid – despite his history of sex offending.

Adbul Ezedi injured 12 people in the horror in Clapham, South West London on January 31.

Documents released today revealed Abdul Ezedi's right to stay in the UK was backed by a church

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Documents released today revealed Abdul Ezedi’s right to stay in the UK was backed by a churchCredit: PA
Photos showed the asylum seeker allegedly being baptised after he arrived in the country

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Photos showed the asylum seeker allegedly being baptised after he arrived in the countryCredit: PA
Grange Road Baptist Church argued he handed out religious pamphlets for them, too

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Grange Road Baptist Church argued he handed out religious pamphlets for them, tooCredit: PA
Ezedi injured 12 people in a horror attack in January, and his body was found 20 days later

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Ezedi injured 12 people in a horror attack in January, and his body was found 20 days laterCredit: Met Police

Cops launched a nationwide manhunt for the 35-year-old – before finding his body in the River Thames 20 days later.

Newly released documents and snaps have now revealed how the Afghan national was able to stay in the UK – even after being convicted of sex offending.

Ezedi illegally entered Britain in 2016, and his claimed conversion to Christianity allowed him to stay.

Documents showed the asylum seeker said he had joined Grange Road Baptist Church in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear the same year.

Photos released today showed Ezedi appearing to hand out religious flyers to passersby on the streets of Newcastle.

Others seemed to illustrate him being baptised in a church.

And documents show it was that church that fought for Ezedi to stay in the country in 2018.

However, that fight for him to live in the UK came eight months after he’d been convicted of sex offenses.

Ezedi managed to avoid jail after pleading guilty to charges of sexual assault and exposure – after he grabbed the bottom of a woman without her consent in the months prior.

He was placed on the sex offender register for 10 years, and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work when he was handed a suspended sentence in January 2018.

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But a letter written the same year by Reverend Roy Merrin, a retired ministry team leader at Grange Road Baptist Church, “supported” Ezedi stay in the UK.

The letter, dated 28 August 2018, read: “I have known Abdul since February 2016, during which time he has attended regular worship services at Grange Road.

“Abdul has attended an Alpha Course organised by the church and, as a result of him coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, has been baptised by total immersion.

“Abdul has established a good relationship with the other Church members, and is always willing to help as required. Apart from that, Abdul has been ready to share his faith in Christ with non-Christians.

“I hope that this information will be of assistance, and I would support his application to remain in this country.”

However, an undated document titled “safeguarding contract”, in Ezedi’s name, set out the conditions for his attendance at the Baptist church, in light of his convictions.

The Home Office make the final decision on asylum applications and have access to full criminal records data to enable them to do this.

Baptists Together

It included a requirement that he had to “stay in the vicinity” of an appointed male supporter during services and was not allowed to sit alone in church “at any time”.

Then, in March 2019, Ezedi lodged an appeal in an attempt to stay in the UK, arguing he feared persecution because of his religion.

Then, at a hearing in November, 2020, the sex offender was allowed the right to stay in the country.

Judge WK O’Hanlon, sitting in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), said: “Having considered all of the evidence before me in the round, notwithstanding my concerns as to the honesty of the appellant in relation to certain aspects of his account, I find that the appellant had been consistent in his evidence with regard to his conversion to Christianity.”

Baptists Together, a movement of more than 1,800 local churches of which Grange Road is one, has now claimed it “did not corporately support or sponsor” Ezedi staying in the UK.

The organisation said: “Baptists Together did not corporately support or sponsor Abdul Ezedi’s asylum application.

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“A personal letter of support commenting solely on Abdul Ezedi’s observed faith journey was written by a retired Baptist Minister.

“The safeguarding contract was a separate issue and was agreed between the church and Abdul Ezedi, with guidance from local and regional safeguarding leads using our national template document of the time.

“This was to show the church had sufficiently risk assessed Abdul Ezedi’s attendance at church, ensuring the safety of the congregation and considering if it was appropriate for him to attend.

“The Home Office make the final decision on asylum applications and have access to full criminal records data to enable them to do this.”

The Home Office tonight said: “All asylum claims are carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with the Immigration Rules.

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“This means that religious conversions do not guarantee a grant of asylum.

“We have engaged with a wide range of stakeholders to help us to improve our policy guidance, training for asylum decision-makers, and to ensure we approach claims involving religious conversion in the appropriate way.”

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A nationwide manhunt was launched for Ezedi after the January 31 attack

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A nationwide manhunt was launched for Ezedi after the January 31 attackCredit: PA
Ezedi, snapped on CCTV before the attack, entered the UK illegally in 2016

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Ezedi, snapped on CCTV before the attack, entered the UK illegally in 2016Credit: Not known, clear with picture desk

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