Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Why London must not be allowed to suppress the awful truth about Kincora

As the alleged VIP paedophile ring story at Westminster crumbles, there is still one scandal involving powerful people, blackmail and the abuse of children that continues to churn out disturbing, but credible, material from the past: Kincora.

The so-called former 'boys' home' - an inappropriate, cruel misnomer if ever there was one - in east Belfast has this enduring ability to cast up fresh demons which haunt the lives of the victims that were sent there and also raise serious questions for the British state in Northern Ireland.

Last week's revelations about the paedophile doctor, Morris Fraser, contained this killer line: that a Freedom of Information request about the child psychiatrist's work in Belfast during the early years of the Troubles was blocked on the grounds of "national security".

Which raised the possibility that Fraser, who - incredibly - was allowed to keep practising in his field of child psychiatry right up until the mid-1990s, despite a number of convictions for sexually abusing boys, was a "protected species" by the security services.

In addition, one of the Kincora survivors, Richard Kerr, remembers that his torment began not at the home itself, but in Fraser's clinic in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, when the paedophile took pictures with a Polaroid camera of Kerr with his trousers down.

It was on Fraser's later recommendation that Richard Kerr was sent to Kincora - and into the lair of a ring of child abusers working there.  (more...)


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