UK - Twenty-one Gurkhas will take their fight for the same pension rights as British soldiers to the High Court next month.
If the case is successful, the Ministry of Defence could face claims from thousands of former Gurkhas and a total bill of around £2bn.
The Gurkhas’ solicitor, Phil Shiner, said: “The Gurkhas have been treated disgracefully and discriminated against for years. They have much smaller pensions, are paid less, have less prospects for promotion and worse redundancy terms.”
He said that more than 30,000 Gurkhas have retired from service in the British Army without any pension or adequate living allowance and widows have not been compensated for their loss.
Cherie Blair QC will represent the Gurkhas.
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