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Falklands Veteran Suing MOD For Return Of Medal After Dismissal 'Because Of Sexuality'

Joe Ousalice says he was forced out of the Royal Navy over his sexuality in 1993.

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The 68-year-old was court-martialled in 1993 and found guilty of being in bed with another sailor (Picture: PA/Liberty).

A Falklands veteran who says he was forced to leave the Royal Navy because of his sexuality has announced plans to sue the Ministry of Defence to have his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal returned to him.

Joe Ousalice, 68, left the Royal Navy in 1993 and had his medal confiscated.

At the time, LGBT people were banned from serving in the Armed Forces, a rule changed in 2000.

Mr Ousalice was court-martialled and found guilty of being in bed with another sailor, which the service said was prejudicial to good order and naval discipline.

He has always denied the charge, but said he was forced to reveal his bisexuality at the court martial and was discharged from the Navy because he might "corrupt" others.

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Mr Ousalice (right) says he was forced to reveal his bisexuality at the court martial (Picture: PA/Liberty).

Mr Ousalice's lawyers, from human rights organisation Liberty, argue that he was discharged "entirely because of his sexuality".

His lawyers are also calling on the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to allow other military personnel who were dismissed because of their sexuality to have any confiscated medals returned.

During 18 years in the military, Mr Ousalice served in the Falklands, Northern Ireland and the Middle East.

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Mr Ousalice served in locations including the Falkland Islands during his 18-year Navy career.

An MOD spokesperson said it would be "inappropriate" to comment on the case "as legal proceedings are ongoing".

The spokesperson went on to say: "We are currently looking at how personnel discharged from service because of their sexuality, or now abolished sexual offences, can have their medals returned."