Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kenyans given go-ahead to sue British government

A group of Kenyans who are suing the British government over claims they were horrifically beaten and tortured during British rule in Kenya during the 1950s will be able to take their lawsuit to trial, the High Court ruled on Thursday.

The four allege that they suffered torture by the British administration during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya between 1952 and 1960. The Foreign Office says it is not legally liable for their treatment and had argued that the case ought to be struck out before it went to trial.
A High Court judge ruled on Thursday that the five cases, which include one Kenyan who has died since the claim was issued, can now proceed to trial as the claimants have “arguable cases in law”.
During the hearing in April, court documents described claims by one of the Kenyan men bringing the lawsuit that he had been arrested and brutally beaten by police and later by European and African officers and then castrated.
The High Court had also heard claims by another of the men that he had been arrested, threatened with hanging and beaten as well as allegations by two women involved in bringing the lawsuit that they were sexually abused and beaten at the hands of prison guards. More >>>

Location: Cayman Islands