10 Feb 2004

Compensation to be paid to family of Fiji soldier killed in Iraq

5:15 pm on 10 February 2004

The family of a Fijian soldier killed in a mortar attack on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq this week will receive more than 150-thousand US dollars in compensation

Radio Fiji says this has been revealed by the Fiji representative of the British company which employed Lance Corporal Tomasi Ramatau, Global Risk Strategies.

Lt Colonel Sakiusa Raivoce says it is in the company's contract of employment that 150-thousand US dollars be paid in compensation in case of a death while on active duty.

He says the death certificate will be sent to London before the compensation is paid to Lance Corporal Ramatau's next of kin.

Lt Colonel Raivoce says compensation is also being paid to the family of another soldier who died of a heart attack, while on service in Basra Iraq, last year.