FIJIAN SOLDIER WINS BATTLE TO STAY IN UK

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Epeli faced deportation for threatening a soldier

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, May 30, 2011) - A Fijian man who served in Iraq for the British army has successfully appealed against his deportation back to Fiji.

Private Epeli Uluilakeba was injured while serving in Iraq in 2005 when his army vehicle was blown up, killing three of his colleagues.

He served time in an English military prison and faced deportation for threatening a fellow soldier.

[PIR editor’s note: Fijilive reported that Epeli applied for permission to remain permanently in Britain but his application was initially refused by the UK Border Agency, on the grounds that he had been court martialled.]

But his supporters say he was not given proper medical attention while suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

A British magistrate found he had been badly treated by the military, and Private Uluilakeba has welcomed the decision to let him stay in the UK.

"I appealed for ILR, indefinite leave to remain, and I got a human rights appeal. From the decision from the judge my appeal succeeded, so I got my indefinite leave to remain," Private Uluilakeba said.

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