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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:24 AM

Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans win UK torture ruling

Source: BBC

Three Kenyans who were tortured by British colonial authorities can proceed with their legal claims against the UK government, a court has ruled.

London's High Court ruled the case, relating to the 1950s Mau Mau uprising, could proceed despite the time elapsed.

The ruling means the case will now go to a full trial. Lawyers for the three hailed it as a "historic" judgement.

The government accepts the colonial administration tortured detainees but denies liability and will appeal.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19843719

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Reply Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans win UK torture ruling (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Oct 2012 OP
leveymg Oct 2012 #1
rfranklin Oct 2012 #3
rfranklin Oct 2012 #2
struggle4progress Oct 2012 #4
On the Road Oct 2012 #5

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:41 AM

1. Obama's grandfather was among the Kenyans detained and tortured by the British

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:46 PM

3. No wonder he has that "anti-colonial" mindset that Newt spoke about....

 

Colonialism and torture were things that Newt and the Republicans embrace. They can't understand why anyone would reject the noble efforts of the white man to civilize the African savages.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 01:44 PM

2. Next: Bush and Cheney finally brought to justice!

 

They will be watching this one very carefully!

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 03:31 PM

4. The high court in London has allowed three elderly Kenyans to pursue damages for torture

Ian Cobain, Richard Norton-Taylor, and Clar Ni Chonghaile in Nairobi
Friday 5 October 2012 11.56 EDT

The British government is bracing itself for thousands of legal claims from people who were imprisoned and allegedly mistreated during the final days of the empire after the high court in London ruled that three elderly Kenyans detained and tortured during the Mau Mau rebellion have the right to sue for damages.

The court rejected claims from the British government's lawyers that too much time had elapsed since the seven-year insurgency in the 1950s, and that it was no longer possible to hold a fair trial. Last year the same high court judge rejected the British government's claim that the three claimants should be suing the Kenyan government, as it had inherited Britain's legal responsibilities on independence in 1963.

Human rights activists in Kenya estimate that around 2,000 of the 70,000-plus people detained by the British colonial authorities are still alive. Many of them could bring claims against the British government. The ruling could also make it possible for victims of colonial atrocities in other parts of the world to sue.

But many more men and women around the world who were imprisoned and allegedly mistreated during the conflicts that often accompanied the British retreat from empire may also be considering claims: cases that could bring to light evidence of the brutal mistreatment of colonial subjects and result in a new and uncomfortable understanding of recent British history ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/05/maumau-court-colonial-compensation-torture?newsfeed=true

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:06 PM

5. So They Are

mau-mauing the flack catchers?

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