2015年4月23日星期四

The '30 Janner victims': More come forward after peer escapes charges amid claims file on him is among 114 lost by Home Office

  • Publicity surrounding case has prompted 30 people to contact police
  • Revealed dossier on Lord Janner was among files lost by Home Office
  • DPP Alison Saunders has told critics to challenge her ruling in court 

The decision not to prosecute Lord Janner over historic abuse claims has prompted30 more alleged victims to come forward

The decision not to prosecute Lord Janner over historic abuse claims has prompted30 more alleged victims to come forward

Up to 30 people have now reportedly told police they were abused by Lord Janner, with more coming forward since it was announced he will not be charged with child sex offences.

Publicity surrounding the case has encouraged a new wave of alleged victims to come forward, The Times said last night.

The news came as Britain’s law chief spoke out publicly for the first time since she ruled the former MP would not face a trial because of his dementia.

Yesterday the Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders dared her critics to challenge her in court, and said she is not afraid to see the controversial move tested by a High Court judge. 

She also brushed aside calls for her resignation, insisting that ‘making the right decision is not a resigning issue’. 

In an interview with London’s Evening Standard yesterday, the DPP dismissed claims that she was part of an Establishment cover-up.

She admitted that she has paid a ‘heavy price’ for the decision, but said: ‘If somebody wants to challenge my decision I’m not afraid. 

'The proper way to challenge it is through the right to review or a judicial review. I’m confident that if they want to do that my decision will stand up.’

Mrs Saunders said she was right to avoid the ‘easy option’ of sending the case to court for a judge to throw out. 

Last week Leicestershire Police said they were considering a legal challenge, most likely a High Court judicial review. 

Victims also have the right to review charging decisions, but so far no one has come forward with a request.

The news came as Alison Saunders, the new Director of Public Prosecutions, has dared her critics to challenge her in court after she decided Lord Janner could not face trial because of his Alzheimer's

The news came as Alison Saunders, the new Director of Public Prosecutions, has dared her critics to challenge her in court after she decided Lord Janner could not face trial because of his Alzheimer's

Meanwhile it emerged that a dossier on Lord Janner is among 114 files on child sex abuse that have gone missing from the Home Office. 

The lost 1986 Janner file is mentioned in the appendix to the Wanless inquiry in November which looked into claims 114 files vanished as part of a government cover-up, the Daily Mirror reported.

The paper, titled ‘Greville Janner MP [redacted] re evidence in child abuse cases’ is listed as ‘not found’ and ‘presumed transferred to the MoJ [Ministry of Justice] but not located’. 

The title could potentially conceal the name of a second person. The Home Office declined to comment last night.

 



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