Mau Mau Sue for [Pounds Sterling]5bn over British 'Atrocities'

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Mau Mau Sue for [Pounds Sterling]5bn over British 'Atrocities'


Byline: ANDREW ENGLAND

BRITAIN is to be sued for [pounds sterling]5billion over atrocities said to have been carried out by British soldiers in Kenya.

The troops are alleged to have killed thousands of Kenyans during the Mau Mau rebellion, a bloody uprising against British colonial rule in the Fifties.

'It was just like the Germans behaved with the Jews,' said Joseph Karani, chairman of the Mau Mau Original, a group which supports those affected in the uprising.

He said the group would take its case for compensation to the British High Commission in Nairobi. If that failed, it might go to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

He said several thousand Kenyans died and up to 100,000 were affected by British action to repress the Mau Mau, a militant African nationalist movement.

After a Mau Mau campaign of sabotage and assassination in 1952, Britain began four years of military operations which saw some of the bloodiest incidents in her battles against independence movements.

Mr Karani said: 'The British Government gave the governor permission to murder and rob our people. They became landless and that is why people are fighting around here now.

'We have been working very hard preparing our case and it will be presented very soon. …

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