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Lord Janner: Official Secrets mean only the dead can talk

by | 26th, April 2015

Lord Greville Janner: a round-up of media reporting on the Labour peer mired in the story of Westminster peados.

Mail on Sunday : “Let’s hear Janner facts”

What are they, then? The Mail has already cited Lord Janner’s victims not alleged vitims. So. The facts:

Now that the Crown Prosecution Service has admitted that Lord Janner could have been charged with serious sexual offences when he was fit to plead, calls for him to face a special hearing of the case against him in open court are, rightly, increasing.

He could have faced a trial if he had been ordered to years ago back when historical sex abuse was not the hot story it is today. But he wasn’t. And coulds and ifs are not facts.

Peter Wanless, the head of the NSPCC, has added his powerful voice to the clamour for the allegations to be considered at a ‘trial of facts’ in which his accusers would be heard, though he would not need to take part, or face the risk of conviction.

A trial of the facts is not always relevant.

As Mr Wanless argues, such a hearing (designed for such awkward cases) would have given the alleged victims of the Labour peer the chance to give evidence and to have that evidence considered by an impartial jury. He believes that failure to hold such a tribunal will discourage other alleged victims from coming forward in future.

Is it posisble to find an impartial jury? This is what the Sun has reported:


Lord Janner

Does that make you view Lord Janner with a balanced eye?

The Mail adds:

It may or may not be too late for the Director of Public Prosecutions to take this route in the Janner case. But it must certainly do so in any future controversies of this kind.

From trawling the past to make today appear moral and true, we are now peering into the rosy-fingered dawn.

Sunday Express : “New calls to allow Janner ‘victims’ their day in court”

Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer suggested the special hearing, known as a trial of facts, could test the allegations in Lord Janner’s absence.

Why when Falconer was in power didn’t we have such a trial?

Lord Janner, who has dementia, has been ruled unfit to stand trial to answer 22 charges of child sexual abuse. Lord Falconer told BBC’s Today programme: “If it had been decided that he was unfit to plead, there is a procedure that allows for the facts to be heard and a view by a court to be formed as to whether or not the offences occurred.

“I can think of nothing more awful, if I was genuinely a victim, and I don’t know whether or not these are genuine victims or not, that I wasn’t given an opportunity for my case to be heard and if the court took the view it was true, my views to be validated.”

Why now? Why are voices in the elite so keen for Janner to be in the frame now that he’s ill but had not much to say when he was well? They’re queuing up to champion justice for people who, allegedly, complained to the authorities decades ago .

Lord Falconer said Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, was wrong to spare 86-year-old Lord Janner from standing trial.

Hurrah for Falconer the good (retired). Boo for Saunders the bad (working).

We then hear from another top legal mind:

Mr Llwyd, who is a member of the Privy Council, which advises the monarchy on political matters, believes the former Leicester West MP is being protected by an establishment cover-up with “Cyril Smith overtones”.

He says:

“I strongly believe a proper judge-led inquiry is needed.”

It’s inquiry upon inquiry. Let’s have an inquiry is the default position.

Why did we go to war in Iraq on a lie? Let’s have in Inquiry!

Why did WMD expert David Kelly die? Let’s have in Inquiry

Why do journalists blag and cheat to get to the facts? Let’s have an Inqury!

Next time you’re arrested for, say, parking badly, robbing a house or bombing a foreign country don’t plead innocent or guilty, just demand a public inquiry. With any luck you’ll be dead and your cash intact by the time the thing has finished.

Llwyd adds:

“He has been at the centre of child abuse allegations for more than 20 years but, conveniently, nothing has ever stuck. It’s all very murky and I do believe some sort of cover-up is at work here. There are Cyril Smith overtones, in that it all seems to be coming out when it’s too late.”

Cyril Smith is dead. It was only after he stopped breathing that everyone was able to say what a prolific child abuser he had been. If you want to find out the truth, find out what happened over the past 20 years when Janner was well.

The Express adds:

Police investigated Lord Janner in 2002 but documents relating to the peer were not passed on to the CPS. Another probe in 2007 was abandoned.

Lord Janner was first named as a paedophile during the 1991 trial of former Leicester care home boss Frank Beck, who was jailed for sexually and physically abusing more than 100 children during the 1970s and 1980s.

Lord Janner denies any wrongdoing.

Mail :

“A senior detective who investigated child abuse allegations against Labour politician Greville Janner has revealed he was ordered to drop the case ‘from the very top’ – despite uncovering compelling evidence to charge him.

Is he still a senior detective? No.

Breaking a 24-year silence over the scandal, former Detective Inspector Kelvyn Ashby told The Mail on Sunday that during an investigation lasting several months in 1991, he found vital clues that backed up claims that Janner had molested a teenage boy at his marital home and a hotel. Last night the retired policeman spoke of his anger after being ordered not to arrest Janner because he was an MP.

Mr Ashby said: ‘I felt we had done a good job. I felt we had enough to arrest him but we didn’t because he was an MP. I think we should have done. I was gutted that we didn’t.’

Why now? Why say it now when you are no longer in the Force?

‘I’m only speaking now because the police investigation has stalled. Also, I have to think about the victims and I feel they have been let down.’

And you wonder

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