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Mau Mau compensation case begins at the High Court

7 April 2011 Last updated at 11:21 BST

Four Kenyans who allege they were tortured during the suppression of the Mau Mau uprising are starting legal proceedings against the UK government.

Martyn Day, the solicitor representing the four Kenyans said, "the case is about individuals who are alive today and who have suffered the most terrible, terrible things at the hands of the British."

The group, seeking compensation at the High Court, allege they were assaulted between 1952 and 1961 by British colonial administration officials.

The government says too much time has elapsed since the alleged abuses.