Monday, October 27, 2014

UK: We'll boycott child abuse investigation, warn victims

Fiona Woolf is the second person to be appointed
to lead the Government's child abuse inquiry
Fiona Woolf last night faced renewed pressure to stand down as the head of the Government’s child abuse inquiry after victims said they will no longer participate because of her links to Leon Brittan.

As evidence emerged of yet more undisclosed meetings between Mrs Woolf and Lord Brittan, a key figure in the scandal, child abuse survivors said they had lost confidence in the inquiry.

A lawyer for almost 50 victims said some would now boycott the hearings as they feel they will not be listened to.

Lord Brittan is accused of being at the centre of an Establishment cover-up of sex abuse claims in the 1980s – a charge he strenuously denies. It is alleged that, when he was Home Secretary, he ignored a document – which later went missing – that described a paedophile ring involving high-profile figures.  (more...)

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