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UK Court Rules Kenyan Torture Victims Can Sue

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posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 04:43 AM
UK Court Rules Kenyan Torture Victims Can Sue

The High Court ruled Friday that three elderly Kenyans tortured during a rebellion against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims against the U.K. government — a case with potentially broad implications for thousands of others who claim similar abuse

posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 05:39 AM
reply to post by leosnake

We are talking about the Mau Mau terrorist group Right ?.

The ones that slaughered many innocent people, Just to forword thier own agenda.

The name was first heard among the white population of Africa in 1948 when police officials in the British colony of Kenya began to receive rumors of strange ceremonies being held late at night in the jungle.

These midnight assemblies were said to be bestial rituals that mocked Christian rites and included the eating of human flesh and the drinking of blood. Then came the reports of native people being dragged from their beds at night, being beaten or maimed, and forced to swear oaths of initiation to a secret society. In each case, their assailants were said to be members of a secret society called the Mau-Mau.

posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 05:42 AM
reply to post by foxhoundone

Terrorists? Dude you know nothing, they were branded as freedom fighters at the time and the real terrorists were the colonialists.

posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 06:12 AM

Originally posted by leosnake

The High Court ruled Friday that three elderly Kenyans tortured during a rebellion against British colonial rule can proceed with compensation claims against the U.K. government

Are the relatives of people murdered by the terrorists allowed to sue the small number of Kenyan tribes that supported the Mau Mau?

The fact is, the Mau Mau never enjoyed widespread support amongst Kenyans and were widely condemned by the native population for their brutality and horrifying murders.

Mau Mau militants were guilty of numerous atrocities.

The most notorious was their attack on the settlement of Lari, on the night of 25–26 March 1953, in which they herded Kikuyu men, women and children into huts and set fire to them, hacking down with pangas anyone who attempted escape, before throwing them back in to the burning huts

The attack at Lari was so extreme that "African policemen who saw the bodies of the victims . . . were physically sick and said 'These people are animals.


The 'freedom' fighting Mau Mau liked to kill other Kenyan natives from other tribes.

edit on 6-10-2012 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 06:21 AM
By Tim Symonds,

I realise now we were becoming a "political liability" to the British Foreign Office. International opinion had switched from Hollywood's horrified fascination with this most primitive conflict, to something resembling sympathy - especially in anti-Colonial America - for the Mau Mau.

Fifty years on, a group of Mau Mau veterans are claiming in the London courts that as prisoners they were tortured by the British. But I had seen no evidence of torture although I had been a direct witness to a particularly British - or, at least, Scottish - sort of punishment.

Despite the passage of time, I have not developed any sympathy for the Mau Mau. "They were ruthless terrorists" who eschewed the possibility of peaceful change in favour of savage murder and mayhem.

London's Imperial War Museum holds six hours of recordings by Tim Symonds, describing his experiences in Kenya.
Edit to add, The Mau Mau opposed Natural democratic change.

The British still train with the local tribesmen learning valueble lessons about tracking and concealment.

posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 06:31 AM
reply to post by ollncasino

Well stated olincasino,
Ok for the sake of fair play lets have these Mau Mau "veterans" have thier day in court, In Kenya and let the Keyans decide for themselves whos guilty here.

But that will not happen will it, Because the Mau Mau are in goverment now..

posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 06:40 AM
This will of course cost millions of pounds and keep many Legal Eagles well heeled for another decade or so.
I wonder if some Legal firm will have the guts to sue on behalf of the thousands of aged pensioners in England who have been subjected to 'torture' in them having to eat dog food and sleeping in their overcoats in the dark because they cannot afford to pay the obscene food and utility bills inflicted on them by successive governments.
Perhaps the High Court will determine that France can be sued for the suffering caused to British people in 1066 and all that.
Absolutely ridiculous!

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