Gurkhas split over claims that £350,000 is missing from fund

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  1. From The Times
    April 17, 2010
    Gurkhas split over claims that £350,000 is missing from veteran’s fund
    Jeremy Page, South Asia Correspondent
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    (Paul Edwards /The Sun)
    Joanna Lumley in a GAESO hat in Kathmandu. The organisation is under investigation by the Nepalese authorities
    Hundreds of thousands of pounds are missing from the accounts of the main Gurkha veterans’ organisation in Nepal that spearheaded a campaign to win equal rights with the rest of the British Army, an investigation by The Times has revealed.

    The money is at the centre of a dispute that has split the Gurkha Army Ex-Servicemen’s Organisation (GASEO) and cast a pall over the Gurkhas’ victory last year in a campaign — fronted by Joanna Lumley — to win the right to settle in Britain.

    Padam Gurung, the GAESO president, told The Times that his organisation had raised £2.3 million from its roughly 40,000 members since it was set up in 1990.
  2. This doesn't look like it's going to go away anytime soon,does it?

    I can easily accept that Joanna, though naive, was unaware of the situation but any firm of UK Immigration lawyers/No-win,no fee lawyers would surely have done a cost/benefit analysis and a bit of homework before setting up an expensive operation in Nepal.

    Given that the dubious activities of GAESO have been in the public domain for a decade, it's a bit strange that Howe & Co would have chosen them for partners without knowing of the allegations against GAESO.

    Link 'Thugs' force Gurkha veterans to hand over their pensions
  3. Ghurkas being exploited by left wing thugs... seems to happen a lot doesn't it? I just didn't realise it happened in Nepal as well as the UK?
  4. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    My bold: Which one? There are about half a dozen different Communist Parties in Nepal. the main ones being the CP (United Marxist Leninists) and the plain old CP (Marxist-Leninists). This is not including the CP (Maoists) who GAESO have also been linked to.

    As for the "Left Wing Thugs" bit, with the exception of the Nepalese Congress Party, pretty much all the political parties are, at least nominally, Left Wing. GAESO are essentially apolitical in that they will attach their colours to any winning team.