A soldier who claimed he was ordered to dress up as a Taliban insurgent for an army training video because of the colour of his skin has won a record payout for racial discrimination.
Fijian Lance Corporal Inoke Momonakaya – who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – is understood to have received £490,000 in compensation from the Ministry of Defence after a six year legal battle. According to the Mail on Sunday, L/Cpl Momonakaya, 40, said he was left suicidal after suffering ‘a campaign of racist abuse’ from fellow soldiers.
The former soldier was medically discharged from the army in 2012 after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He said he complained to the Service Complaints Commissioner, who has the role of watchdog for the armed forces, in November 2012 but the matter was not resolved, which led him to sue the Ministry of Defence for harassment in the civil courts.
Source: Metro. 10th February 2019.