Foreign minister says claim 'does not constitute any admission of liability'
'A group of 33 Cypriots who claimed they were raped and tortured by British forces during an uprising to end colonial rule, will be paid a £1m settlement by the British government.
After being arrested on suspicion of being members of the paramilitary group Eoka more than 60 years ago, the group alleged they were beaten and raped while in custody.
Foreign minister Alan Duncan said the settlement “does not constitute any admission of liability” and does not set a “precedent” for any future claims gainst the British government.
But he said the government regretted the violence and loss of life which preceded Cyprus’ independence in 1960.
Thassos Sophocleous, head of an association of former fighters who waged a four-year armed campaign, said the 33 Cypriots interpreted the out-of-court settlement as an acknowledgement that they were tortured while in the hands of British authorities. Mr Sophocleous, 85, claims the beatings he received while in British custody for 17 days damaged his knees and fractured vertebrae.
The claimants, now in their 70s and 80s, launched their legal battle in 2015 after government documents detailing their treatment were declassified in 2012.'
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