Blackstone Chambers’ David Pannick QC has been instructed by the Commission for Racial Equality to intervene on a high profile racial discrimination case against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The Commission is intervening on behalf of an 81-year old widow, Diana Elias, who is bringing a claim against the MoD after it refused to pay her compensation for her time as a Japanese prisoner-of-war during World War 2.
Pannick will argue that by excluding Elias from ex gratia compensation because neither she nor her parents or grandparents were born in the UK the MOD is discriminating against her on the grounds of national origins. T
he Commission is also claiming that the MOD has failed to meet statutory race equality duty by not considering whether the statutory compensation scheme raised race equality issues.
Elias is represented by Bindman & Partners’ John Halford, instructing Rabinder Singh QC of Matrix Chambers. The case is being heard this week in the High Court before Mr Justice Elias – no relation to the claimant.