Fijian ex-solider wins bid to stay

A former Fijian soldier has won his battle to stay in the UK after issuing a personal appeal to David Cameron. Filimone Lacanivalu - who served with the the Yorkshire regiment - was facing deportation after he failed to fill in the necessary forms.

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Fijian former soldier: I'm a happy man

A British Army Veteran who has been granted the right to remain in the UK after being threatened with deportation said today he is a "happy man" now that his case had been resolved.

Filimone Lacanivalu, who failed to make a formal request to remain in the UK after he left the Army, told BBC Radio 4's Today: "I was not aware of that because I did not receive any instructions from the Army itself or the Ministry of Defence before I left the forces."

I have been in the forces, I've put in effort, sacrificed my life for this country. I just think to stay here will be a benefit, there's more opportunities...

I was not aware of that because I did not receive any instructions from the Army itself or the Ministry of Defence before I left the forces.

– Former soldier Filimone Lacanivalu

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May 'personally intervened' in Fijian ex-soldier case

Home Secretary Theresa May is said to have personally reviewed the case of Filimone Lacanivalu, a Fijian ex-soldier threatened with deportation, and decided last night that he could remain in the country.

Home Secretary Theresa May is said to have personally intervened in the case of Filimone Lacanivalu .
Home Secretary Theresa May is said to have personally intervened in the case of Filimone Lacanivalu . Credit: PA

The 34-year-old, who was part of the British Army for nine years, served with the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

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