Kenya torture case goes ahead

Three victims of torture during the Mau Mau uprising can proceed with their compensation claims, the High Court ruled. The government has said it will appeal the move.

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(Left - right) Wambugu Wa Nyingi, Jane Muthoni Mara, Paulo Nzili claim they were tortured during the uprising between 1952 and 1960. Credit: PA Wire

Wambugu Wa Nyingi, Jane Muthoni Mara, Paulo Nzili, who were victims of torture during the Mau Mau uprising, will learn whether their compensation claims against the British Government can proceed.

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Ruling due on Mau Mau uprising torture claims

Three victims of torture during the Mau Mau uprising will learn today whether their compensation claims against the British Government can proceed.

Wambugu Wa Nyingi, Paulo Muoka Nzili and Jane Muthoni Mara claim they were tortured during the uprising between 1952 and 1960.

Last year the elderly Kenyans won a ruling that they had "arguable cases in law" but the case came back to the High Court in July to consider the Government's claim that the actions were brought outside the legal limit.

Lawyers for the Kenyans argue this is an exceptional case and that the existence of thousands of official records mean a fair trial is still possible, despite the passage of time.

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