Kenyans to sue Britain over torture

A UK judge says four elderly Kenyans who claim they were tortured during an anti-colonial rebellion in the 1950s can sue the British government.

The Kenyans say they were beaten and sexually assaulted by officers acting for the British administration who were trying to suppress the “Mau Mau” rebellion against British officials and white farmers who had settled in some of Kenya’s most fertile lands.

They say British administrators were aware they were being mistreated, and want an apology and compensation.

The British government tried to have the case thrown out, saying it could not be held legally responsible for the long-ago abuses.

But High Court judge Richard McCombe ruled on Thursday that the claimants “have arguable cases in law,” and the suit can go ahead.

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