November 17th, 2008

A slap in the face

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Regular readers will know of my disdain in certain compensation claims where you can get a squillion pounds for hurt feelings & £2.50 for having your legs blown off.

The MOD has just paid out £2.4million to a Kosovan man who was accidentally shot in the face by a British soldier.

Six men were driving round a British-guarded building in Pristina in 1999, firing guns in the air to celebrate a national holiday.

A group of paratroopers, fearing they were under fire & in danger, opened fire on the jeep killing 2 occupants & wounding Mohamed Bici. He was subsequently flown to the UK & treated on the NHS. He was then granted legal aid to sue the MOD in a British court. He won £346,000 legal costs & £2,054,000 cash. The paratroopers were found innocent of any wrong-doing at an enquiry.

Royal Marine, Mark Ormerod was offered £214,000 when he lost both legs & an arm after being blown up.

A similar injury to Mr Bici’s would earn just £11,000 compensation should it happen to one of our servicemen.

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4 comments

  1. Fat Squaddie says:

    I’d love to say I’m surprised, but I’ve far too much personal experience of friends being injured and MDed with a pittance to live on for the rest of their lives. Shocking, yes. A surprise in these days of Neue Arbeit? No.

    FS

    November 18th, 2008 at 00:24

  2. Tony F says:

    Are not we such a fair nation? Why do these fuckwits fire live rounds into the air anyway? Do they not realise that they have to come down or does their none-existent god stop gravity? Personally, I would have told mr Bici to fuck off.

    November 18th, 2008 at 23:31

  3. George says:

    I assume the £2million comes ultimately from the tax payer…Also this is £2m out of the MoD’s budget, a budget which could have been spent on properly equipping our armed forces.

    November 19th, 2008 at 14:20

  4. soud1 says:

    It just shows the utter contempt that this government shows for the Armed forces and victims of crime.Now that we have seen that very few people claim compensation unless you’re over here in NI and when you do it’s hardly worth the wait,this seems incredible.I really can’t understand how people can vote for this lot.
    It’s not as if the guy would have been claiming back loss of earnings or the potential of earnings considering huge unemployment problems in Kosovo.The average peeler earns around 150-200 quid a month in Kosovo and that person may be the only wage earner in a big family.Mind you by the time he pays off the KPC,local gangsters and extended family,he won’t have much left.

    November 20th, 2008 at 18:59

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