The Foreign Office said it did not "dispute that each of the claimants in this case suffered torture and other ill treatment at the hands of the Colonial Administration".
In a statement it added: "We have always said that we understand the pain and grievance felt by those, on all sides, who were involved in the divisive and bloody events of the Emergency period in Kenya, and it is right that those who feel they have a case are free to take it to the courts."
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