Batang Kali massacre: judges reject call for inquiry into 1948 shootings

Lawyers for Malaysian rubber plantation workers killed by British troops will now take fight for investigation to UK supreme court

Lawyers for Malaysian rubber plantation workers killed by British troops more than 60 years ago are to take their legal fight for an official investigation to the UK supreme court.

Three court of appeal judges in London on Wednesday rejected an appeal by campaigners who are fighting for an inquiry into the shootings at Batang Kali, Malaya in December 1948.

But despite the ruling, which followed an earlier unsuccessful high court challenge, the judges sharply criticised the British government for its failure to conduct a proper inquiry.

British troops were conducting operations against communist insurgents during the Malayan Emergency when the 24 plantation workers were killed.

The appeal was dismissed by Lord Justice Maurice Kay, Lord Justice Rimer and Lord Justice Fulford, but the families involved in the case vowed to carry on their fight by taking the case to the supreme court.

More details soon . . .

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