NERVOUS WAIT: Hazara refugee Nadir Sadiqi, who arrived in Australia on a boat in 2011, has been told to return to Kabul by August 6.
NERVOUS WAIT: Hazara refugee Nadir Sadiqi, who arrived in Australia on a boat in 2011, has been told to return to Kabul by August 6. Patrick Woods

If Nadir is sent back to Afghanistan, he will be killed

IF NADIR Sadiqi is sent home, there's no two ways about it, he will be killed.

The Afghani refugee, who currently lives on the Sunshine Coast, has already been told by the Taliban he will be executed on his return to the country.

The Hazara refugee has had all his appeals to remain in Australia denied and has been told he will have to return to Afghanistan by August 6.

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There his father was murdered and his two brothers captured, presumably killed, from their home in the 1998 Taliban massacre.

He has already been warned by the Taliban he will be executed on arrival because of his refusal as a young man in 2009 to join up to fight Western forces, including Australia.

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Former Sunshine Coast solicitor Terry Boyce has watched Mr Sadiqi beg for his life in an interview with immigration officials.

"The official was saying it was safe to go back to Afghanistan. He said again and again, 'please, I beg you, I beg you for my life", Mr Boyce said.

His plight has worsened thanks to an Immigration Department error in February last year which saw his and 10,000 other asylum seekers' details leaked online. Days later, he received a direct death threat from the Taliban telling him he would be killed on return to Afghanistan.

Sunshine Coast refugee group Buddies is desperately trying to stop Mr Sadiqi's deportation.

They have come to know the softly-spoken 30-year-old as a hard-working person who has made the effort to learn English and adapt to the Australian way of life.

Mr Boyce has seen the rifle mark scars on Mr Sadiqi's head from where was savagely beaten and left for dead for refusing to fight in the Taliban.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's election platform to return the boats and take a tough stance on refugees has come to haunt Mr Sadiqi.

Under recent amendments to the Migration Act, he was told his visas were valid until August 6 and then he had to leave the country.

"The Temporary Safe Haven visa prohibits him from applying for any other visa, unless the Minister 'lifts the bar'," Mr Boyce explained.

"This is even though there is a clear case the government is in contravention of its non-refoulment obligations under the United Nations International Refugee Convention.

"He would arrive in Kabul as a stranger wearing western clothes."

Buddies has also approached Member for Fisher, Mal Brough for assistance in May.

"I understand that the Department is reconsidering Mr Sadiqi's claims to engage Australia's protection through an International Treaties Obligations Assessment (ITOA) process," Mr Brough said.

The Daily's attempts to ask Immigration Minister Peter Dutton why Mr Sadiqi was being sent back did not produce answers.

"Australia does not return asylum seekers to their countries of origin until all claims for protection have been fully considered," a spokesman said.

"All claims for protection are assessed on their individual merits in accordance with Australia's domestic legislation and non-refoulement obligations, under international treaties and the Refugees Convention."



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