Greville Janner’s alleged victims soon to hear if decision not to charge him will be reviewed
14 May, 2015
By Ciaran Fagan
Lawyers acting for men who allege they were sexually abused by Greville Janner will soon hear whether there is to be an independent review of the decision not to charge the peer with any offences.
Slater and Gordon, which is representing a number of alleged victims, has officially asked the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to commission an independent review of its decision not to charge Lord Janner with any offences on the grounds that he is too ill with Alzheimer’s Disease to stand trial.
The company said it expected to hear by the end of the month whether its application had been successful.
If its application is turned down, it says it will request copies of the medical reports which say the veteran politician is too ill to stand trial.
It will also request details of his voting record in the House of Lords.
Slater and Gordon has previously indicated it would like to bring in its own medical experts to assess the state of Lord Janner’s health and mental capacity.
The firm spoke out after it emerged the 86-year-old had voted in the House of Lords on more than 200 occasions between May 2009 and November 2013. Researchers from investigative news agency Exaro scoured Parliamentary record Hansard to draw up the list.
The final Parliamentary vote in which Lord Janner took part was in November 2013, days before his London home was searched by Leicestershire Police as part of the investigation into alleged sexual abuse of children by the peer.
Exaro also said the former MP granted power of attorney to his family in April 2009 and signed a further power of attorney to cover his property and financial affairs in November 2011.
The agency’s research was widely published yesterday.
Liz Dux, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “We have received notification from the CPS that our request for an independent QC to review the Director of Public Prosecutions’ decision not to bring charges in this case is underway and could take up to 30 days.
“Should this request for a review prove unsuccessful, we will certainly be requesting disclosure of all medical reports and records.
“Clearly Lord Janner considered himself well enough to attend the House of Lords and vote during the period in question.”
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders announced last month that she believes police investigations in 1991, 2002 and 2007 had uncovered sufficient evidence to charge Lord Janner with sexual offences.
She said it was a matter of “deep regret” the police evidence was never tested in court.
Leicestershire Police said it was seeking legal advice on the possibility of overturning the decision.
The peer – whose family insists he is innocent of any wrongdoing – has been suspended by the Labour Party.
A number of inquiries are underway to examine the police and Crown Prosecution Service’s handling of the case.
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