Much of this will be recounted, to our horror, as the case proceeds.
Yesterday, the Mail reported how a pensioner from Putney in South London appears to be the only living individual accused of human rights abuses relating to the Mau Mau uprising.
The British crackdown was brutal and almost certainly what today would be termed a disproportionate response.
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The burying alive of those who refused was a powerful incentive to any who doubted the cause or might be tempted to disobey.
Peter Mungai, an African Christian, was forced to watch as a Mau Mau gang slowly strangled his best friend before finishing him off with a machete.
Another Army patrol came on the butchered remains of an African hung in pieces on a fence.
Africans working for the colonial government were the Mau Mau’s initial victims in 1952, when the uprising began.
One particular chief loyal to the Crown was badly wounded in an attack and taken to hospital.
There, an assailant dressed as a porter slipped in and blew his brains out with a pistol.
The dead man’s finger was sliced off and Mungai was forced to kiss it as part of his initiation ritual.
To reinforce the point, dismembered bodies of opponents were left strung up for all to see.
Kenya’s rebels — today hailed as freedom fighters against a repressive colonial British administration — had claimed four more victims in their fight for independence.
It was late January 1953 — 58 years ago — when the Ruck family died their terrible deaths, just a few months into the eight-year state of emergency in which police, aided by several battalions of British soldiers, battled an elusive underground army of insurgents.
Particularly at risk were the families of those who joined a 25,000-strong ‘Home Guard’ of Africans set up by the authorities.