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Batang Kali – the Appeal

24 unarmed villagers shot dead, six confessions by the British soldiers responsible and two aborted police investigations. Will the UK’s Court of Appeal end the 64 years of injustice that surround the Batang Kali massacre? John Halford, a solicitor acting for the families of the Batang Kali massacre victims sets the scene for next week’s Court of Appeal hearing. On 11 December 1948 a platoon of Scots Guards surrounded and entered the Malayan village of Batang Kali.  They directed its inhabitants, unarmed workers on the local rubber tapping estate, into their ‘Kongsi’ longhuts, separating the men from the women and children. The following morning when the Guards left, the huts were in flames and the bodies of 24 of the men, aged 17 to 70, lay in groups nearby, riddled with bullets.  One had been beheaded. To this day, this atrocity has been the subject of no Government apology and no acknowledgment of wrongdoing. Nothing whatsoever has been done for the families of those killed. And by 1970 UK civil servants were circulating a memo predicting that the massacre would be quietly forgotten about. They were very wrong. Next week the UK’s Court of Appeal will hear an appeal by […]
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THE BOOK IS AT LAST AVAILABLE

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Massacre-Malaya-Exposing-Britains-Lai/dp/0752487019
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