A FIJIAN man who served with the British Army has met his lawyer and others to fight his case against a disciplinary decision.
Veterans Aid CEO Wing Commander Dr Hugh Milroy confirmed this to The Fiji Times from London on Tuesday.
"The case is going forward and we are pleased with it," said Dr Milroy whose organisation is assisting the Fijian soldier.
Isimeli Baleiwai, 32, who had been a lance corporal, was ordered to leave the United Kingdom by today (August 9) under strict new residency rules because he was disciplined by the British Army for punching a colleague.
His application for British citizenship in March was refused and he resigned from the British Army in June. The former soldier took his case up with Veterans Aid and after immense pressure and international support, he was given leave to stay and appeal against the disciplinary decision.
Dr Milroy said Mr Baleiwai had been given leave until December to appeal against the decision.
"Baleiwai came here legally, he was recruited by the British Army and he has paid his British tax and insurance," he said.
"But despite all this, he still can't claim his benefits while he is in the country appealing against the disciplinary decision."