Ponnusamy and others v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Practice – Pre-trial or post-judgment relief. The Queen's Bench Division, in a tort based claim brought by seven Malaysia born claimants, against the British Government in respect of treatment experienced in Malaysia after the period 1944 to 1957 after independence was agreed, held that once the true legal context of the claim had been identified there had been no reasonable grounds for bringing the claim as s 1(2)(b) of the Federation of Malaya Independence Act (FMIA) made provision for the establishment of the Federation of Malaya as an independent sovereign country within the Commonwealth and for the termination of Her Majesty's sovereignty and jurisdiction in respect of the Malay States.

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