Janner case is dropped

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY NAOMI FIRSHT

CRIM­I­NAL PRO­CEED­INGS against Lord Janner over al­leged child sex abuse have been dropped fol­low­ing his death.

A judge at the Old Bai­ley ruled last Fri­day that the case could not pro­ceed against the for­mer Board of Deputies pres­i­dent.

Lord Janner had been ac­cused of 22 counts of sex­ual of­fences against boys dat­ing back to the 1960s. His fam­ily strongly de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

A High Court judge had de­clared Lord Janner un­fit to stand trial last year be­cause he suf­fered from de­men­tia.

A trial of facts — where a jury de­cides whether the de­fen­dant com­mit­ted the of­fences, but where there can be no guilty ver­dict and no sen­tence — had been ex­pected to take place in April.

Af­ter the case was dropped, 12 for­mer res­i­dents of chil­dren’s homes in the East Mid­lands area told the BBC they had been abused by Lord Janner.

It is thought around 20 peo­ple plan to bring le­gal ac­tion against his es­tate.

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