KENYA: What, No Amnesty?

In a Kenya courtroom one day last week, a husky African wearing a white hospital smock heard a British judge sentence him to death for "consorting with armed persons," i.e., the Mau Mau. The African was "General China," No. 2 in the Mau Mau's leadership; he had been taken by the British after a fierce firefight north of Nairobi (TIME, Jan. 25).

A onetime corporal who served with the British in Burma, 32-year-old General China was puzzled by the sentence. "I surrendered," he said. "Where is my amnesty?" Apparently he had forgot that...

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