Kenya: James Finlay boss suggests company not responsible for workers' injuries; claims Scottish court won't understand "cultural difference"
"Scottish court won't understand Kenyan culture - tea firm"
The boss of a tea company being sued by 1,300 Kenyan farm workers has argued a Scottish court would not understand cultural issues that affect the case.
James Finlay Kenya Ltd (JFK) is fighting a multi-million pound damages claim at the Court of Session.
The tea pickers say they suffered musculoskeletal injuries because of working conditions.
But the firm's managing director said they may have hurt their backs while carrying water as children.
JFK also argues the claims should be dealt with in Kenya, and not Scotland.
The outcome will affect an associated case involving another 1,000 JFK workers which has been brought to a temporary halt by the courts in Kenya.
Lawyers say a further 2,250 Kenyans have signed up to launch damages claims against the company.