Police force makes move over Lord Janner legal challenge
Last month a decision was announced by Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders
26 MAY 2015
BY ISAAC ASHE
Leicestershire Police has taken the first legal step towards challenging the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions that it would not be in the public interest to prosecute Lord Greville Janner for alleged sex crimes against children.
Lord Janner was accused of a string of historic child sex abuse allegations during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s but deemed unfit to stand trial because he is suffering from dementia.
Last month a decision was announced by Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders in relation to the man in his 80s suspected of committing a number of offences against children in care in Leicester between the 1960s and 1980s.
Today, Leicestershire Police has sent a letter under the Pre Action Protocol for Judicial Review which sets out why the Force believes her decision against prosecution should be reviewed.
The DPP has 14 days in which to respond.
A spokesman for the police said: “Subject to her response, the force reserves its right to seek a Judicial Review of the decision.
“In order to protect its legal position, the Force does not intend to elaborate upon this statement at this time.”