Email indicates that Johnson lied to the evacuation of animals in Afghanistan: British opposition

Opposition parties said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought more than 100 animals from Afghanistan to the UK during the Kabul flight, after a leaked email indicated that he had “approved” the evacuation. He accused him of lying about the role he played.

94 dogs and 69 cats were caring for an animal welfare charity called Nouzad, owned by former Marines Paul Farthing, who attends under the name Pen Farthing.

When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, Farthing fought animals on a private plane to the UK on August 29, after a high-profile media battle with the British Ministry of Defense to clear his flight. I succeeded in taking him to.

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Paul Farthing, also known as Pen Farthing, in a dateless image from his animal shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan. (PA media)

The British government sponsored a charter flight permit, leading to the claim that animals were prioritized over people in rescue operations.

The prime minister previously denied that he had intervened to bring Nauzad’s staff and animals to Britain.

Johnson was asked by reporters on December 7 if he had intervened in the evacuation and described the proposal as “totally nonsense.”

However, the e-mail exchange leaked by whistleblowers to the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee raises further questions about what role he actually played in the evacuation.

Evidence released on January 26 is run by the charity Nowzad, a former Royal Marine Corps, to a colleague working on the evacuation on August 25, a private office employee of Sir Goldsmith’s Minister of Government. “

The main opposition Labor Party said this was fresh evidence that Johnson “lied.”

Shadow Secretary of State for Defense John Healey said, “While the Afghanistan who worked for our army were left behind, he should never have prioritized flying animals from Afghanistan.” rice field.

Liberal Democratic Party diplomatic spokesman Layla Moran has expressed concern in parliament about “the discrepancy between what the prime minister says to journalists and what is revealed.”

Evidence of an email from Sir Goldsmith’s office was brought to the committee by Rafael Marshall, a former employee of the Foreign, Commonwealth Development (FCDO) who claimed that the animals had been evacuated following direct instructions from the Prime Minister. It was submitted.

In a written testimony to the Commission, Marshall said several colleagues wrote that the team’s message system had been instructed by the Prime Minister to “call on Nowzad staff to evacuate.”

Farthing disputed the allegations, emphasizing that government capabilities were not used to transport animals.

A spokesman for Downing Street said: The Prime Minister never instructed Nowzad to take any particular action. “

Defense Minister Ben Wallace was “instructed by the Prime Minister to evacuate Pen Farthing, his workforce, or his pets,” said Admiral Ben Kee, who is responsible for the joint operation of Operation Pitting. He said it was not “never”.

Lily Zhou and PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan