Paratroopers sue British Army for 'racial abuse'

The pair claim to have suffered racial abuse

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Two former paratroopers are suing the Army over alleged racial abuse they experienced at the hands of soldiers who "decorated their barracks with Nazi flags".

Hani Gue and Lance Corporal Nkulueko Zulu told an employment tribunal they suffered racial discrimination and harassment whilst in the 3rd Battalion (3 Para) A Company.

Mr Gue, who describes himself as a black African of Ugandan nationality, noted that his colleagues would use slurs such as "c***" and "n*****".

"This was all passed off as banter although I found it very intimidating and offensive as a non-white person," he continued.

"During the course of my employment I noticed that there were Nazi Confederate and SS flags and photographs of Hitler displayed in A Company's accommodation which is a stone's throw away from the Battalion headquarters."

He said he had to walk past this "on a regular basis" and then in October 2017 he spotted that members of 3 Para had posted a picture of themselves with Tommy Robinson of the English Defence League.

Mr Gue added: "It was clear to me at that point that racism was prevalent in 3 Para and A Company in particular.

"Things only got worse from there."

Kingsway Employment Tribunal heard that shortly after Mr Gue’s early release in January 2018, requested as a result of the racism, his and Lance Corporal Zulu’s photograph was defaced with swastikas and Hitler moustaches.

Mr Gue also alleges that, after he told senior officers he was leaving, 3 Para commanders recorded his motives for seeking discharge as "personal reasons" and for "perceived incidents", not racial abuse.

The pair claim that the Army did not take reasonable steps to prevent the alleged abuse.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said it took "all complaints very seriously".

The tribunal is set to last nine more days.

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