Sunday, August 10, 2014

Police to probe why arrest of Labour MP Lord Janner over child abuse accusations 20 years ago was ‘blocked’

Lord Janner, 86, faces more than 20 allegations of
historic abuse at children's homes in Leicestershire
Police were blocked from arresting a high-profile Labour MP suspected of child abuse more than 20 years ago, it was claimed yesterday.

Greville Janner, now Lord Janner, was interviewed by appointment as part of a major inquiry into attacks on boys at Leicestershire care homes in 1991.

The prominent politician and campaigner, who represented Leicester West, was accompanied by his solicitor and did not face charges.

Detectives had taken legal advice from a senior lawyer on the rare and potentially controversial move of arresting the serving politician.

This would have given them the power to search his home and offices, as well as taking his fingerprints and other evidence.

But sources close to the case told The Times that at the last minute the planned arrest was blocked. It is not known by whom.

Arrangements were made instead for Lord Janner to attend a police station by appointment with his solicitor, Sir David Napley.

Leicestershire Police confirmed yesterday that the decision is being re-examined as part of Operation Enamel, which is looking at allegations against Lord Janner and others.

Investigators have consulted Kelvyn Ashby, the officer who led the original case and has since retired.

Lord Janner, now aged 86, faces more than 20 allegations of historic abuse at children’s homes, including claims of rape and sexual assault.

They suspect he used his hobby as a magician – he is a member of the magic circle – to get close to his victims and gain their trust.  (more...)

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