UK ex- politi­cian to face years- old child sex charges

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A BRI­TISH ex- politi­cian has been ac­cused of child sex of­fences dat­ing back 50 years against boys as young as eight.

The fate of Gre­ville Janner, 86, will now be played out pub­licly in the courts af­ter the coun­try’s top pros­e­cu­tor did a U- turn and or­dered that he face jus­tice.

Af­ter an in­de­pen­dent re­view, Di­rec­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions Ali­son Saun­ders ad­mit­ted her orig­i­nal rul­ing that he was too ill to face jus­tice was flawed.

Po­lice and abuse vic­tims were out­raged when pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced in April they would not charge Janner over his al­leged of­fences against boys sev­eral decades ago, even though there was enough ev­i­dence to pros­e­cute him.

Pros­e­cu­tors said his Alzheimer’s meant he was not fit to stand trial, but with mount­ing com­plaints, pros­e­cu­tors de­cided “it was in the public in­ter­est to bring pro­ceed­ings be­fore the court”.

The al­le­ga­tions against Janner, a Labour politi­cian from 1970- 97 and who later served in the House of Lords, have now been made public for the first time.

They re­veal he is ac­cused of abus­ing nine boys un­der 16 for more than 25 years un­til Au­gust 1988, with the youngest al­leged vic­tim aged just eight.

At the height of his al­leged crimes, he is ac­cused of abus­ing three vic­tims in one month. Other charges re­veal he is ac­cused of prey­ing re­peat­edly on the same boys over months and even years.

Mrs Saun­ders said de­cid­ing to pros­e­cute had been “an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult and bor­der­line case be­cause of the strong ar­gu­ments on both sides”, adding it was “a mat­ter of real re­gret” that Janner had not been pros­e­cuted sooner.

The U- turn de­lighted al­leged vic­tims, who said it was a “vin­di­ca­tion” of their pres­sure on pros­e­cu­tors.

PRO­TEC­TION: A Tu­nisian po­lice of­fi­cer stands guard out­side the Im­pe­rial Marhaba ho­tel.

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