Inquiry to ask if ex-MP accused of child abuse was protected by police, prosecutors and politicians

Leicester Mercury

October 12, 2020

By Ciaran Fagan

Allegations against the late Greville Janner first surfaced when he was a Leicester MP

The official inquiry into multiple – and decades-old – child sexual abuse allegations against a former Leicester politician is to begin today.

The three-week hearing in London will examine how Leicestershire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and other public bodies handled the allegations against the ex-MP and later peer, Greville Janner.

In particular, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, (IICSA), will seek to establish whether the senior Labour politician received preferential treatment because of his political and social status and, as a consequence, was never put on trial.

Parts of the hearing will go ahead behind closed doors to protect the identities of alleged victims.

The Janner investigation is one of a number of strands of its investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by significant public figures, including those within children’s homes and the Catholic and Anglican churches and in the Houses of Parliament.

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