On Sunday, Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, announced that Lord Greville Janner will be prosecuted for historical child sex abuse offences (here). Saunders was forced to reverse her earlier decision not to prosecute Janner following an independent review, conducted by David Perry QC, which concluded that it was in the public interest to bring proceedings before a criminal court. It’s the first time that a director of public prosecutions has been made to overturn a major decision. The announcement on Sunday took everyone interested in this case by surprise, and it’s perhaps not a coincidence that it came at a time when the media was saturated with stories about Friday’s massacre in Tunisia.
At this stage it looks like Lord Janner could face a ‘trial of the facts’, in which a jury hears the evidence against an individual considered too ill to stand for trial (it is claimed that Janner has dementia). The charges relate to alleged offences of buggery and indecent assault committed against children between 1963 and 1988 by the former Labour MP. The youngest alleged victim was an eight-year-old boy at the time of the alleged offence. Janner is charged with indecently assaulting him between 1969 and 1970, and of buggery against him between 1963 and 1969. Another alleged victim was nine at the time. The others were aged between 12 and 16.
The following is an interview done last Saturday by George Galloway on his Sputnik programme (broadcast by Russia Today), before the surprise announcement that Janner will now be prosecuted. Galloway is interviewing Mark Watts, Editor of Exaro News, which has been in the forefront of exposing the Westminster child sex abuse scandal. This clip has been taken directly from RT, but notice that at about 3.30 into the clip, where Galloway starts naming names, the sound goes down for a while.
Even Putin & Co are too afraid to say it out loud.
The complete RT show can be found here: