Sunday, June 28, 2015

Calls for Director of Public Prosecutions to quit after U-turn over Lord Janner trial

Director of Public Prosecutions
Alison Saunders
The Director of Public Prosecutions was facing calls to quit last night as her decision not to prosecute alleged paedophile Lord Janner was dramatically overturned.

The legal U-turn came just days after The Mail on Sunday revealed that the Labour peer had made secret visits to Parliament despite medics claiming he was too ill to be questioned by police.

Critics insisted Alison Saunders could not continue as the head of the Crown Prosecution Service when she had made such a catastrophic mistake over the high-profile case of the 86-year-old, who is accused of molesting boys in care.

She provoked fury among police chiefs when she ruled in April that Lord Janner could not be prosecuted because of his dementia, despite detectives collecting enough evidence to charge him with 22 offences against nine victims in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Mrs Saunders, who earns £205,000 a year, strongly defended her decision – but an external QC was drafted in to reconsider the case after a challenge from alleged victims.

Last night it emerged the CPS has accepted the review’s decision to let the case be heard in court.  (more...)

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