Thursday, March 19, 2015

Who Protects the Police? Cameron guarantees child-abuse whistleblowers won't be prosecuted

Tom Watson MP has sought reassurances from the prime minister that whistleblowers
in the child abuse investigations will get full protection.
David Cameron has said he doesn’t want to see anybody prosecuted for passing on information to the police about the possible cover-up of a paedophile ring with alleged links to Westminster in the 1970s.

In light of allegations that a police investigation into child abuse by a group of public figures was scrapped due to political pressure, Labour MP Tom Watson asked the prime minister for a “cast-iron guarantee” that police and intelligence officers with information about the accusations be given “full whistleblower protections”.

“I don’t want to see anyone prosecuted for uncovering wrongdoing in this way,” Cameron told MPs in the penultimate session of prime minister’s questions before the general election, saying that both the home secretary, Theresa May, and the attorney general had given reassurances that it is highly unlikely anybody will be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.

A Newsnight report on Monday contained claims by a former detective that the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith was arrested in the early 1980s as part of an investigation into suspected sex parties in south London involving teenage boys, but was released hours later.

According to the report, officers were ordered to hand over notebooks and video footage from their investigation shortly after they moved to make arrests and were told they would be violating the Official Secrets Act if they revealed what had happened.  (more...)

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