The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, October 02, 2003
Kenya rape shakedown: more wheels come off the wagon
The case of the 650 Kenyan women claiming compensation for having supposedly been raped by British soldiers on exercise in the country - mentioned here first on September 27 - is losing credibility by the day, according to a piece in the Guardian today.
It seems that the editors stumped the cash for one of their hacks to do some nosing about. The findings:
Oh dear, oh dear! The lawyer, Martyn Day, who is organising the effort to screw the compo from HMG, when presented with the hack's findings, is quoted as saying
The issues you have raised are very serious indeed, and we will have to investigate them immediately. We have to be absolutely clear we are working with people we trust. Without that, the whole thing starts to fall apart.
No kidding... The piece goes on
..Mr Day maintained that "there has been an epidemic of rape in central Kenya".
Possibly. But by British servicemen?
Quite why it has taken a Guardian hack to dig out this stuff is not clear. HMG are not entirely lying back and thinking of England, since it was a UK military police team whose findings that police records in these cases were forgeries were the substance of the earlier story.
But piquant indeed that the old home of those who apologised for Africans (especially the likes of Kenyatta, Nkrumah, Kuanda, Banda, Obote and Moi) and their crimes on principle should be ferreting out the Kenyan fraudsters' knavish tricks on behalf of the Crown!
free website counter