Tuesday 16 January 2018

Compensation for years of torture

Mike Pflanz Nairobi

Britain has announced compensation for thousands of Mau Mau veterans, saying that it "sincerely regretted" years of "suffering and injustice" carried out under its imperial rule of Kenya, but stopped short of a full apology.

The brutal suppression of an independence rebellion in the 1950s led to torture, internment without trial and excessive numbers of executions, William Hague, the foreign secretary, said yesterday to Parliament.

He confirmed more than 5,200 claimants would share compensation of £13.9m (€16.3m), but said the out-of-court settlement did not mean Britain was legally liable for the abuses.

"I would like to make clear... that we understand the pain and grievance felt by those who were involved," Mr Hague said.

"The British government recognises that Kenyans were subject to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of the colonial administration. (We) sincerely regret that these abuses took place." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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