Sunday, April 26, 2015

Labour peer Lord Janner could still face civil action over child sex abuse claims

Lord Greville Janner - the Labour peer accused of molesting young boys in the 1970s and 1980s - could be tested by experts to prove he has dementia as part of civil claims brought by his alleged victims, a lawyer has said.

The family of the 86-year-old politician has been told he will not face child abuse charges because of his memory problems, but he could still face civil action from complainants.

Legal firm Slater & Gordon are representing several people looking to take private action against Lord Janner, with police having identified 25 people who say the Labour peer attacked them. Each could claim up to £100,000.

Lord Janner has been accused of preying on young boys at three Leicester care homes between 1969 and 1989, with prosecutors arguing there is 'overwhelming' cause to charge the former MP with 22 sex attacks on nine victims - the youngest aged just 10 at the time.  (more...)

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