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£19.9m Mau Mau settlement

Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced a £19.9 million compensation settlement for Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.

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Government to contest further Mau Mau torture claims

Mau Mau fighters pictured in the 1950s. Credit: Kenyan National Archives

The government will contest further claims for compensation after agreeing to pay out nearly £20 million to to 5,200 Kenyans who were tortured by the British Army during the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s, the Foreign Secretary said today. Mr Hague said:

"It is of course right that those who feel they have a case are free to bring it to the courts.

"However, we will also continue to exercise our own rights to defend claims brought against the Government and we do not believe that this settlement establishes a precedent in relation to any other former British colonial administration."

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