Lawyers for veterans of Kenya's Mau Mau uprising of the 1950s say the British government has denied responsibility for colonial-era claims of torture and other atrocities.

At a news conference in Nairobi Tuesday, the lawyers presented a letter from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office rejecting the claim.

The letter argues the British government had no direct link to the colonial administration in Kenya at the time. The office also said too much time had passed to consider the claims.

Six Mau Mau veterans have launched a claim against the British government seeking damages for torture and other abuses suffered during the uprising against British colonial rule from 1952 to 1959.

The veterans say they plan to move forward with legal action against the British government.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.


(Afp, reuters, Standard, US State dept)