Independent all-ranks staff association for regular, reserve and veteran UK armed forces personnel

UK Border Agency 'is ignoring own guidance on Commonwealth soldiers'

Channel 4 News has obtained a UK Border Agency letter stating - contrary to the Agency's actions in the case of L/Cpl Baleiwai - that Foreign & Commonwealth soldiers disciplined by the army without court martial, should not be considered for deportation.

 From C4 News:

The news was today welcomed by L Cpl Isimeli "Bale" Baleiwai, who last month, Channel 4 News revealed, had been rejected British citizenship after risking his life for the British Army for 13 years during five operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He was rejected because of a disciplinary offence against his military record. Unbeknown to him, the offence equated to a criminal offence under an amendment last year to immigration law.

His commanding officer dealt with the issue in a summary hearing and fined him £1,000. There was no jury, no defence, no witnesses and vitally no court martial. ...

Everything we have seen of this case suggests that it is NOT 'playing the race card'.

If you have not already signed both the online petitions about L/Cpl Baleiwai's case, please consider doing so now.

You are very welcome to get in touch with BAFF if you have concerns about these issues. Use the contact form to send us your message. If you are a serving or former member of HM Forces, we suggest you register first - registration is free and anonymous.

Foreign and Commonwealth

  • Hits: 1590

Welcome to British Armed Forces Federation - BAFF - independent all-ranks staff association for members of any branch of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force, including the reserves. All current UK service personnel of any rank are eligible to join and, as BAFF is not a political organisation, to take an active part in its activities if they wish. Former regular or reserve forces personnel are also very welcome.