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Fijians urged to put pressure on British govt

July 26, 2012 1:10 am

All Fijians who have relatives serving in the British Army are urged to help put the pressure on the British government to look into the plight of Lance Corporal Isimeli Baleiwai.

Veteran Aid – a charity organisation in the UK that has taken up Baleiwai’s case says they are trying to get all the political, media and celebrity support they can.

CEO Dr Hugh Milroy told FBC News – they have taken up Baleiwai’s case to the highest level they know in the UK and are now awaiting a decision from the UK Border Agency.

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Dr Milroy says there are serious issues involved when a soldier’s citizenship application is rejected.

“I have to tell you that it is really vital for all you listeners to put the pressure on the British government – the Prime Minster in particular via email to keep this pressure up. We must keep the pressure up. There are other hidden things here that people don’t realise for example – if you are going through the process and you have been refused – you have no access to benefits and you have no right to work.”

FBC News understands Baleiwai has engaged a specialist immigration barrister to take up his case with the UKBA.

Baleiwai’s application for UK citizenship was refused by the UKBA – after serving in the British Army for 13 years.

He is now appealing that decision.

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