Vet­eran’s medal to be re­turned af­ter Navy row

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY -

A FALK­LANDS vet­eran who said he was forced to leave the Royal Navy be­cause of his sex­u­al­ity is to have his medal re­turned to him.

Joe Ousal­ice, 68, said he had a medal for long ser­vice and good con­duct con­fis­cated when he was dis­charged af­ter re­veal­ing his bi­sex­u­al­ity be­fore a court mar­tial in 1993.

He added that he had to take the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) to court in or­der to se­cure the re­turn of the medal.

Mr Ousal­ice was “treated in a way that would not be ac­cept­able to­day” and will have the medal re­turned to him, said a Min­istry of De­fence spokesman, who also apol­o­gised for his treat­ment.

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