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International claims - the story of the Mau Mau case

Martyn Day and some elderly Mau Mau claimants
There appear to be hundreds if not thousands of people who were very severely injured through torture during the course of the Mau-Mau uprising and the regime operated to try to put them down. – Martyn Day

Martyn Day and his team have represented a number of elderly Kenyan citizens in a ground-breaking and lengthy legal fight. 

The former Mau Mau fighters were systematically tortured and abused by British officials during the Kenya Emergency in the 1950s and 1960s.

The injuries suffered by our elderly clients included terrible acts of brutality, including sexual assault and castration.

In October 2012 the High Court rejected an attempt by the British Government to strike out their claims on the grounds that they were time-barred and the Government faced the possibility of dealing with potentially thousands of claims by Kenyans who also suffered similar abuse.

On 6th June 2013 William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, read a statement in the House of Commons which expressed regret that thousands of Kenyans had been tortured during the1950s by British Colonial administration and announced that the Government would pay compensation to Leigh Day's clients.

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