Mohammed, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Defence: CA 1 May 2007

In 2000, the defendant introduced a policy to make compensation payments for those British services personnel who had been imprisoned by the Japanese in the second world war. The appellant, a citizen of Pakistan had served in the Indian Army, was captured and became a prisoner of war of the Japanese. He accepted that he did not meet the criteria in the statement, but submitted that the criteria in that policy were racially discriminatory.
Held: The relevant question was what was the ground upon which the distinction was made in the scheme. The judge was right to conclude that the distinction made in the present case was ‘on the grounds of’ nationality and not race. The claim failed.
Ward LJ, Latham LJ, Sir Peter Gibson
[2007] EWCA Civ 1023
England and Wales
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Appeal fromMohammed, Regina (on the Application of) v Secretary of State for Defence Admn 11-Aug-2006
Claim for payment under ex gratia compensation scheme for service members imprisoned during second world war. . .

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Updated: 02 May 2021; Ref: scu.251576