A Member of Parliament has accused Lord Greville Janner of Braunstone of being a “serial child abuser” who “violated, raped and tortured” children in the House of Commons.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk referenced Lord Janner when raising the issue of the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) repeated failure to prosecute child sex abusers over the last few decades.
Addressing his colleagues in a Westminster Hall debate, Mr Danczuk said: “Failure by the CPS emboldens the perpetrators of child abuse. When the CPS failed to prosecute Cyril Smith in the 1960s, he went on to abuse for decades; and when the CPS failed to prosecute the Rochdale grooming gang in the early 2000s, it carried on raping Girl A for years afterwards.”
Using his Parliamentary privilege to make accusations without facing libel action, Mr Danczuk said that the same failures were still with us today, as the case of Lord Janner illustrates:
“It [the CPS] admits that Janner should face prosecution, but refuses to bring a case. I know the police are furious about this, and rightly so.
“Anyone who has heard the accusations would be similarly outraged. I have met Leicestershire police and discussed the allegations in some detail: children being violated, raped and tortured, some in the very building in which we now sit.
“The official charges are: 14 indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988; two indecent assaults between ’84 and ’88; four counts of buggery of a male under 16 between ’72 and ’87; and two counts of buggery between 1977 and 1988.
“My office has spoken to a number of the alleged victims and heard their stories. I cannot overstate the effect that this abuse has had on their lives.”
In April this year, the CPS made the controversial decision not to prosecute Lord Janner for alleged child abuse dating back decades. They claimed that it would not be in the public interest to do so as the 86 year old Peer was suffering too acutely from dementia.
But Mr Danczuk said that a case against the Peer should still be heard in a trial of facts.
“If Lord Janner really is too ill to face prosecution, why cannot the courts establish this with a fitness-to-plead process? This would clear up doubts that still linger.
“For example, why was he still visiting Parliament on official visits after he was declared unfit to face justice? Why is he able to contribute to the law-making process in the House of Lords, but unable to face the law himself?
“Personally, I fail to see how the knowledge that a peer of the realm is a serial child abuser is not in the public interest.”
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