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Leigh Day launches Mau Mau claim

Five Kenyans will submit a test claim in the High Court on 23 June

Photo: Sven Torfinn Photography

11 May 2009

Leigh Day & Co, working with the Kenyan Human Rights Commission and the Mau Mau War Veterans Association will submit a claim at the High Court in London on 23 June on behalf of five Kenyans who allege that they were detained and tortured during the Mau Mau independence movement during the 1950s and 1960s.

The now elderly Kenyans claim that they were held in appalling conditions in detention camps during the uprising against the British colonial administration. Tens of thousands of people were killed, died of disease or starvation during this time. Torture was used regularly against detention camp inmates.

Daniel Leader, a barrister at Leigh Day, who is involved with the case said:
“These claimants are representative of the people caught up in the brutal repression of the Mau Mau period. We hope that the government treats these claims with the seriousness they deserve and realises that it is time to apologise and compensate Kenyans for this stain on British history”.

The UK government says that the claim invalid because of the time that has lapsed since the events, and that any liability passed to the Kenyan government at independence.

For more information please contact Daniel Leader on 020 7650 1200.

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