Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, announced this week that the former Labour MP and now Lord, Greville Janner, would not be put on trial for child sex abuse. The reason for dropping the prosecution was cited by the Crown Prosecution Service thus:
The CPS has concluded that Lord Greville Janner should not be prosecuted because of the severity of his dementia which means he is not fit to take part in any proceedings, there is no treatment for his condition, and there is no current or future risk of offending. (here)
Dementia has not prevented paedophiles from being prosecuted in the past, as these two recent cases show:
The above two convicted paedophiles aren’t Lords of the realm, and of course the decision not to prosecute Janner comes as no surprise. What has been surprising, and could be seen as a major step forward in the child sex abuse scandal, is that the Leicestershire police, who are conducting the investigation against Janner, are threatening to take the Crown Prosecution Service to court over its decision to drop the case (here). This is unprecedented. Furthermore, Leicestershire police have released a statement from one of Janner’s alleged victims, who called the decision to drop the case a ‘disgrace’ and went on to say: “This animal is still being protected because of his health and isn’t able to stand trial. They say that it’s not in the public interest, but isn’t it in the public interest to know what his victims have gone through at the hands of this man? If he was an everyday person with a normal life and job, justice would have been served, but as it stands, we victims are just being punished to the ground again and walked over” (see link above).
Allegations against Greville Janner were first made in 1991, and as a result he was interviewed by the police, but no further action was taken. Janner was made a Lord by Tony Blair in 1997. Then in 2002 and 2006 there were further allegations of child abuse, none of which were properly investigated. This latest investigation, and the fact that Leicestershire police are threatening to take the Crown Prosecution Service to court, is the first time that police are rigorously going after a VIP paedophile.
When it comes to cover-ups of child sex abuse by the police and the Establishment, probably some of the worst examples can be found on the island of Jersey, where child sex abuse was and still is endemic. The Haut de la Garenne children’s home is the most widely known one, yet there are lots more. Stuart Syvret is a former Jersey Senator who was fired from his job as health minister for whistleblowing (you can find the Wiki entry about Syvret here). Last summer, Syvret was interviewed on BCFM radio in Bristol. It’s a fascinating interview, not only for the child abuse side of things but also for what he says about financial corruption, and the constitutional set-up of Jersey and the power of the monarchy…
Stuart Syvret’s blog:
My previous post about the child sex abuse scandal can be found here.