Fijian soldier sends medals back over citizenship battle

A Fijian soldier who won a battle with the Government against his deportation after leaving the Army has returned four medals to the Prince of Wales,The Times reports (£).

In a letter, Bale Baleiwai, 32, said they had lost their meaning as his service for "Queen and Country has been dishonoured" and he feels "betrayed" by the six-month battle.

Bale Baleiwai  had been a soldier for 12 years and completed tours of Iraq and Afghanistan
Bale Baleiwai had been a soldier for 12 years and completed tours of Iraq and Afghanistan Credit: ITN

When Mr Baleiwai applied citizenship - a right to all Commonwealth soldiers who have served in the military for at least five years - his application was rejected because a fight with a fellow soldier had left him with a criminal record.

After being found not guilty following an appeal against his conviction, which resulted after a disciplinary hearing, Mr Baleiwai was granted citizenship.

But he says his family face possible bankruptcy and the loss of their home after living off their savings as they fought the conviction.

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