Friday, 12 June 2015

Lord Janner under investigation in Scotland

"The Labour peer Lord Janner is under investigation in Scotland over new historical claims of sexual abuse."
"Detectives are looking into claims that Janner took a teenage boy with him to Scotland in the 1970s and sexually assaulted him, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday."

"Janner is at the centre of a controversy after the Crown Prosecution Service said there was enough evidence to charge him with 22 child sex offences, but decided not to prosecute him because he has dementia. He denies all the allegations."

"Asked whether a new investigation had been launched into the 86-year-old, Police Scotland said officers were carrying out an inquiry into a historical complaint but would not confirm a name.
Det Ch Supt Lesley Boal said: “Police Scotland is conducting an investigation into an historic complaint and, as such, it would be inappropriate to comment. Police Scotland is absolutely committed to preventing all forms of child abuse and to keeping children safe while bringing perpetrators of abuse to justice, regardless of the passage of time.”

"Last month, the CPS, covering England and Wales, said it would review its decision not to charge Janner over a string of allegations dating back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He has been accused of abusing vulnerable young people at care homes in his former Leicester constituency."

"The director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, had said in April that Janner was too ill to stand trial. But she came under considerable political pressure to allow the review, and the threat of a legal challenge by Leicestershire police forced her to draft in an unnamed QC to re-examine the case."

"Even if Saunders’ decision is upheld, the latest investigation raises the possibility that Janner could face prosecution in Scotland, which operates its own legal system..."
"Justice Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge leading an independent inquiry into child sex abuse, said she would investigate claims against Janner and could even call him to give evidence. "

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