Child sex abuse inquiry: Royal family could give evidence


By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent 27 Nov 2015

Members of the Royal family could be asked to provide evidence to the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry, it has emerged.

Their role in allegedly interfering in the criminal prosecution of a paedophile could come under scrutiny by the multi-million pound inquiry led by Justice Lowell Goddard.

Setting out dramatic new details of the inquiry’s far-reaching scope, Justice Goddard confirmed for the first time that serving MPs will be questioned about abuse allegations made against them.

It is understood the inquiry will not hesitate to use far-reaching powers to compel individuals to give evidence – either in written form or in person.

As a result, members of the Royal family may be called upon to explain their alleged role in the case of a disgraced priest, Peter Ball, who was jailed earlier this year for abusing a string of vulnerable young boys and men.

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