Britain's High Court will review a government decision not to hold a formal investigation into the deaths of 24 Malaysian rubber tappers at the hands of U.K. troops in 1948.
Lawyers representing relatives of those killed in Batang Kali say the British government carried out a decades-long cover up of serious human rights abuses.
The High Court today started a two-day judicial review of the decision not to hold an official inquiry into the deaths.
The Batang Kali massacre occurred on December 12, 1948, when British troops were conducting military operations to combat the post-Second World War Communist insurgency of the Malayan Emergency.
Soldiers surrounded the rubber estate at Sungai Rimoh in Batang Kali and shot dead 24 people before setting light to the village.
During the two day judicial review, the court will be the very first to see materials from the British and Malaysian police investigations both of which were terminated prematurely statements from the soldiers involved in the massacre; and other first-hand witness evidence.