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Mau Mau veterans present evidence of torture to British Government

A number of Kenyan citizens allege that they were tortured by the British in Kenya

Kenyan veterans outside No.10

22 October 2009

Leigh Day & Co represents five Kenyans who allegedly experienced episodes of severe torture at the hands of British officials in the 1950s and 1960s during the time of the Kenyan independence movement. Detailed documentary evidence of this treatment has now been served on the Government. Some of the evidence has been gathered from the national archives in London and Nairobi.

Our clients are veterans of the Mau Mau movement and the Kenyan African Union and represent the much greater number of Kenyans who were detained and tortured during the fight for independence. The claims are a test case and could lead to wider reparation for communities in Kenya.

One client, Ndiku Mutua, said:

“After 50 years it is time for justice. I was castrated and tortured whilst I was detained by British prison guards. I was robbed of my dignity and of a family and those scars have never healed. This wrong must be recognised, I and many others deserve an apology and justice at long last.”

It is alleged that the torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of Kenyans during this period was systemic and resulted from policies which were sanctioned at the highest levels of the British Government by the then Colonial Secretary.

Martyn Day, Senior Partner at Leigh Day & Co said today:

“This is an opportunity for the British Government to come to terms with the past and apologise to our clients and the Kenyan people for this grave historic wrong. Unless this happens, the sense of injustice arising out of Britain’s brutal repression of the Kenyan independence movement will continue to burden Kenyans for generations to come.”

For more information please contact barrister Daniel Leader on 020 7650 1247.

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