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The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

PEERS HAVE crit­i­cised the In­de­pen­dent In­quiry into Child Sex­ual Abuse’s con­tin­ued in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions against the late Lord Jan­ner.

Lord Jan­ner, who died three years ago, was ac­cused of child sex abuse of­fences but was never con­victed of any crime.

The ex-MP, who was also pres­i­dent of the Board of Deputies from 1976 to 1984, died as the in­quiry was on­go­ing, but a se­ries of judges had ruled he was not fit to stand trial.

In a de­bate in the House of Lords on Thurs­day, Lord Camp­bel­lSavours said the in­quiry’s de­ci­sion to con­tinue a ded­i­cated in­ves­tiga­tive strand into Lord Jan­ner when he was not able to re­ply to any al­le­ga­tions, was an “af­front to nat­u­ral jus­tice”.

He said: “The in­quiry… gives cre­dence to hearsay and al­lows for the pre­sump­tion of guilt in the court of pub­lic opin­ion.”

Con­ser­va­tive Peer Lord Finkel­stein said it was “very odd” that the in­quiry had a strand ded­i­cated to Lord Jan­ner.

He said it should not be thought that “be­cause he is dead, it mat­ters less what is said about him. He has a fam­ily who loved him and his rep­u­ta­tion mat­ters to his fam­ily”.

Lord Jan­ner’s fam­ily have al­ways main­tained his in­no­cence.

His daugh­ters, Mar­ion Jan­ner and Laura Jan­ner-Klaus­ner, Se­nior Rabbi to Re­form Ju­daism, re­leased a state­ment say­ing the “in­quiry’s cur­rent ap­proach un­der­mines its cred­i­bil­ity… We call on the in­quiry to drop the im­moral in­ves­tiga­tive strand into our fa­ther, who died an in­no­cent man.”

Manny Waks, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kol v’Oz, an or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to pre­vent­ing child sex­ual abuse in the global Jewish com­mu­nity, said: “Just as we can’t state un­equiv­o­cally that the late Lord Jan­ner is guilty of the se­ri­ous and numer­ous crimes at­trib­uted to him, his fam­ily can­not pos­si­bly state as fact that he is an in­no­cent man.

“It is un­der­stand­able that Lord Jan­ner’s fam­ily are upset, but our pri­mary goals must be about jus­tice and pro­tect­ing cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of our chil­dren.”

Our main goal must be to pro­tect chil­dren’

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