Above: Greville Janner
Top British Jewish Community Leader Escapes Child Sex Charges Again
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Lord Greville Janner has pulled another rabbit out of his hat – except this time, the now 86-year-old former leader of Britain’s Jewish community may not even realize he has done so.
Janner, the longtime Labour Party member of the House of Lords, should have faced multiple child sex abuse charges but didn’t because the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS; the rough equivalent of a US Attorney’s office) repeatedly – and likely intentionally – bungled its job, the Telegraph reported.
Janner was educated at Harvard Law School and Cambridge University and holds the title of Baron of Braunstone.
After years of investigative reporting by British media about Janner’s alleged crimes, CPS has finally admitted that it should have prosecuted Janner twice, once in 1991 and then in 2007. It didn’t do so due to error, CPS claimed, but many critics point to Janner’s political power and money as the real reasons he wasn’t prosecuted.
CPS said it would not prosecute Janner now because he has severe dementia.
CPS likely could have prosecuted Janner as far back as the late 1960s, when allegations against him – about conduct with children at a children’s home in his Leicestershire constituency – first surfaced.
Prosecutors reportedly now admit there is enough evidence to charge Janner with 16 counts of indecent assault and six of anal rape.
Child protection charities reportedly angrily lashed out at CPS, and the Leicestershire Police said it was “exploring what possible legal avenues there may be to challenge the CPS” decision to not prosecute Janner.
When allegations against him surfaced again in the early 1990s, Janner used a speech in the House of Commons, in which he was an elected Labour Party member at the time, to vehemently deny them. And after a police investigation, the CPS announced there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.
In 2002 more allegations were investigated by Leicestershire Police. But the details were allegedly never given to CPS prosecutors, and Janner was not prosecuted again.
In 2006 another alleged Janner victim came forward with claims against Janner and two others, but CPS prosecutors again decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute – even though there was.
“The CPS has concluded that Lord Greville Janner should not be prosecuted [now, in 2015] because of the severity of his dementia which means he is not fit to take part in any proceedings, there is no treatment for his condition, and there is no current or future risk of offending. In relation to the other three previous investigations, the CPS also now considers that the evidential test was passed,” CPS said in a prepared statement today, meaning there was enough evidence to prosecute him each of those three times but CPS did not do so, robbing Janner’s alleged victims of their day in court and possibly endangering more children, as well.
“It follows that the CPS judges that mistakes were made in the decision-making at the time,” the CPS statement continues, “by both the Leicestershire police in 2002 and the CPS in 1991 and 2007. Lord Janner should have been prosecuted in relation to those complaints.…In order to maintain public confidence in the administration of justice and to seek to learn appropriate lessons, the CPS has asked retired High Court Judge, Sir Richard Henriques, to conduct a thorough and independent review into the CPS decision making and handling of all past matters relating to this case; and to make whatever recommendations he considers appropriate. He has agreed to undertake this task."
Update 12:23 pm CDT – 25 alleged victims gave police statements against Jenner, claiming he sexually abused them.