If Lord Janner escaped prosecution due to CPS and police failings, put those responsible on trial instead

Allegations that Janner had sexually abused children first emerged publicly in 1991 [Image: Neil Hall/Reuters].

It is as if Harvey Proctor had known a report was about to be published, supporting his claim that police are trying to put investigations into child abuse by the privileged quietly to bed – in order to avoid serious questions about their own conduct.

The Crown Prosecution Service and police have been “severely criticised”. This Writer doubts that this will be any comfort at all to Janner’s alleged victims.

Instead, I agree with Liz Dux, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, which represents eight of Janner’s alleged victims, who said there needed to be an attempt to bring the individual prosecutors and police to account.

“[Director of Public Prosecution] Alison Saunders’ expression of ‘sincere regret’ over failures will be of little consolation unless it is followed by proper accountability. It is vital that those who made the decisions which resulted in Janner escaping justice are called to explain their reasoning.”

Absolutely true. Perhaps Ms Saunders should be first in line to do so, having excused the former Labour peer (he was suspended from the party in April last year) from being charged because of his apparent ill health.

As far as the police are concerned: We can all see what they have been doing – and are continuing to do.

The next time one of them makes an excuse for others in matters such as this, that person should be sent to join the accused.

Greville Janner escaped prosecution on three occasions because of failings by prosecutors and the police, an independent report has found.

The Crown Prosecution Service and Leicestershire police have been severely criticised by retired judge Richard Henriques for mishandling investigations into the late peer in 1991, 2002 and 2007. He died last month while awaiting a trial of the facts.

Lord Janner was subject to three police investigations between 1991 and 2007. The CPS had, in those inquiries, decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Janner as a result of two of the investigations, while the police did not submit a file to prosecutors on the third.

Source: Lord Janner escaped prosecution due to CPS and police failings, report finds | Law | The Guardian

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11 thoughts on “If Lord Janner escaped prosecution due to CPS and police failings, put those responsible on trial instead

  1. joanna

    my abuse case involving a social services “care worker” was stopped by a sergeant in the police station, in 2005. it wasn’t even sent to the CPS for 3 reasons, He is in his 60’s, he is ill and it is my word against his! I am now suing the police and social services!
    My only hope I have in life now is that I win! I need resolution!!!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Good luck to you.
      Perhaps you should write a letter to Alison Saunders on the subject, along with your local police commissioner, your MP and the national papers.

      1. joanna

        Thank you Mike! I am also being represented by Slater and Gordon. I haven’t heard of Alison Saunders. I will give the lawyers a chance first, but I am a bit worried about who they are using for insurance purposes! They use Allianz, whose past morals and ethics (if they ever had Any) I abhor!!!!

    2. Guy Ropes

      To appreciate how deep the corruption goes in these matters, please acquaint yourselves with the case of Stuart SYVRET, a Channel Islands politician who was imprisoned for daring to try and bring the scale of child abuse on those islands to public attention.

  2. David Woods

    Too right they should as with all the politicians serving and retired who kept quiet – It’s called ‘Aiding and Abetting’!
    How many more have become victims because of their silence!

  3. mohandeer

    This may well seem a bot over the top, but I have always believed that there were very sinister reasons why both the police and the CPS did not pursue cases. It has been espoused by some that certain persons involved in historic abuse cases hold positions of power both within the force and CPS and that those people have been in some way either blackmailed or co-opted in some corrupt manner to “make the problem go away”. Apparently it is not all conspiracy theorist bunkum and evidence has been offered in the case of some of these individuals. If this truly is the case then a clean slate is needed and investigations into “aiding and abetting” as David Woods phrases it be launched.

  4. Dez

    The children pictures with a member of parliament were found in safe deposit boxes raided by villains but were left for the police to find and deal with the offender….which not unusually nothing happened. These pictures and perhaps others secreted away may not have been kept for the miscreants own pleasure but being used for blackmail.or political purposes .

  5. Guy Ropes

    Also access ‘theneedleblog’ which today carries full details of The Henriques Report which gives details of an investigation into ‘what went wrong’ when Janner was in turn investigated over alleged offences of buggery et al. A cover up of expected dimensions. British so-called “Justice” is an illusion and will remain so throughout the lifetime of anyone reading this blog today.

  6. NMac

    We are frequently told of “failings” by Police, but we don’t ever appear to be told exactly what these failings are. They should be made public then we can make our own minds up as to whether we think they were part of a deliberate cover-up.

  7. Terry Davies

    sexual deviancy is Camerons turn on if the ‘ pig ‘ episode is true.
    Those in charge of investigations in CPS are put there by the government in power. Therefore cover- ups are unavoidable when MPs hide behind privilage. Freedom from the normal prosecution procedures means evidence can be sat upon until the media have a distracting story for the public.
    These are ways of governing due to the power of politicians which are in my belief disproportionate and lead to corruption within police and Parliamentary committee forums.
    Perhaps ‘ Privilage’ as a defence should not be readily accessible to MPs in all cases or available only in a narrow but legally prescribed type of case.
    CPS should have a change of personnel two yearly with no job security for more than this period.

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