The obvious point to make is that he has been allowed to sit in the House of Lords and contribute to decisions affecting the future well-being of millions of UK citizens. If he can do that, why should he not also stand trial?
Om addition, with regard to these examinations on 11 separate occasions: Were Lord Janner and his carers given prior notice of these meetings?
Lord Janner has been formally found unfit to stand trial regarding a string of historical sexual offences at a hearing at the Old Bailey.
The peer and former Labour MP is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, which is incurable, severe and has left him unable to participate in a trial, four experts who have examined him have agreed.
The decision on Monday means that there will not be a full criminal trial to hear the claims against Janner, which span three decades.
Instead, he is expected to face a “trial of the facts”, where the jury is asked to decide – on the basis of evidence adduced by prosecution lawyers and by lawyers who put the case for the defence – whether or not the accused did the acts he or she was charged with.
Judge Peter Openshaw, presiding, said he had taken the unusual decision to release details of the medical assessments on Janner’s condition following “scepticism” over his ability to appear before the court.
Due to severe dementia, Janner can no longer recognise his children and grandchildren; cannot speak, write or watch television; and is reliant upon a carer for his safety and personal hygiene, the court heard. Four eminent clinicians examined Janner on 11 separate occasions, the court heard.
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