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British government tries to stop Mau Mau torture compensation

Issue No. 2334

The government has decided to contest the right of Kenyan people tortured by British forces during the Mau Mau War to claim compensation.

Last autumn the British government was forced to admit that prisoners had been tortured during the independence war in Kenya in east Africa during the 1950s.

Three Mau Mau war veterans were given the go ahead by the High Court to bring a case against the British government. Their lawyers have said the government’s decision to contest is “morally repugnant”.

Dan Leader from the veterans’ solicitor’s firm Leigh Day, said, “This gives succour to brutal dictators, the fact that one of the principal Western democracies is not willing to give redress to acknowledged and admitted victims of British torture.”

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Mon 31 Dec 2012, 16:31 GMT
Issue No. 2334
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