A few years ago the MoD made a one off payment of £10,000 to the surviving Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOWs). This was in lieu of any compensation from the Japanese themselves. However, those Ghurkas who were also held by the Japs were excluded. The 300 or so left have been told that they were serving the Indian Army and not the British. As their solicitor pointed out they were recruited by the British, commanded by British Officers, fought along side British Army units under the command of British Generals. Whilst these Ghurkas may have been part of the Indian Army it was really the British Indian Army. It would appear that the caring Blair government is quite happy for the MoD to go to court to deny a payment of about £3million. Knowing MoD logic they are probably willing to pay the same amount in legal costs rather than have good PR and do the right thing.