- Mohammed Patman and Darya Safi allegedly plotted murder of daughter, 25
- They were allegedly motivated by her renunciation of Islam and career choice
- Pair were arrested in London and the Midlands and could now be extradited
Two Afghan men who allegedly plotted to kidnap and murder a woman who 'renounced Islam and became a porn star' have been arrested in the UK ahead of their planned extradition.
Mohammed Patman, 54, and Darya Khan Safi, 49, are accused of tracking Patman's 25-year-old daughter with a view to assassinating her after she moved to work in Slovakia with her husband at his adult films company, reports The Sunday Express.
They were arrested in London and Coventry yesterday after an investigation by the National Crime Agency, often called 'Britain's FBI'.
A spokesman for the NCA said: 'The pair were wanted by the Slovakian authorities for conspiring to murder the 25-year-old woman, who was living in Austria and working in Slovakia at a company she ran with her husband.
'Armed Operations Unit officers undertook surveillance on the two men as they prepared to make multiple trips to both Austria and Slovakia where, investigators believe, they carried out their own surveillance on the victim.
'They were seen blacking out the windows and swapping the tyres for winter tyres on a vehicle they subsequently used to drive to both countries.
'Phone and internet records for the pair were obtained which officers allege show the men discussing the potential murder plot including planning of events both at home and abroad.'
The woman moved to Slovakia in 2017 after meeting her husband, converting to Judaism, the pair run an erotic photography and adult film business, sometimes featuring in the films themselves, reports The Sunday Express.
Patman and Safi are in custody in London and will appear in at Westminster Magistrates Court next Thursday, where the extradition Slovakia case will be heard.
They had been granted asylum in the UK after assisting British troops in Afghanistan during the war, with Patman working for the Afghan intelligence service and enjoying 'US security clearance', reports The Sunday Express.
NCA Senior Investigating Officer, Matthew Perfect, said this morning: 'Patman and Safi were sought by the Slovakian authorities for the extremely serious offence of preparing to commit first degree murder.
'Protecting the British public is a core part of the NCA's mission and these are two potentially violent individuals who will no longer pose a threat.
'They were arrested as a result of some excellent joint working between the NCA and our partners in Slovakia and throughout Europe.
'Such strong international cooperation is key in allowing us and our partners to pursue the most dangerous criminals across borders.'
NCA Director General Lynne Owens later tweeted: 'This has been a deeply concerning & difficult investigation with officers having to balance threats to life & securing evidence. A whole agency effort including our international liaison officers & critical partners overseas. Well done teams.'