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Ancient History

I wonder what impact, if any, the recent decision to allow three Kenyans allegedly tortured during the Mau Mau Rebellion in the 1950s to sue for compensation will have in the fight for justice in the case of the Scots Guards’ massacre of civilians at Batang Kali in Malaya. It has been decided that the Kenyans can put their case for compensation in front of the British Courts. The British Government has argued that the Batang Kali massacre is ancient history; I would think the Mau Mau Rebellion also comes under the same heading. And while the British Government would rather, to this day, that the events of December 1948 were swept under the carpet, there is still a lot of bitterness in Malaysia over the continued cover-up. The lack of answers, and British obstruction of Malaysian attempts to investigate the massacre, is harming relations between the two countries. The British refusal to name the men who ordered the massacre and then covered it up, this was not the work of some rogue squaddies, stinks. It will be interesting to see how many other people tortured as the sun set on the British Empire now come out of the woodwork to demand compensation. See Batang Kali Revisited

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