Lord Janner To Face Trial Over Sex Abuse

Lord Greville Janner is to be prosecuted over claims of historical sex abuse.

In April, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced the 86-year-old would not stand trial because of his dementia.

An independent QC has recommended the decision to be overruled.

The ruling follows a review of the case under the CPS Victims' Right to Review scheme.

This allows victims to have their case looked at again, no matter who in the CPS made the original decision not to prosecute.

Lord Janner will therefore stand trial for 22 offences dating back to the 1950's.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Alison Saunders said: "The Victims' Right to Review scheme has brought a much needed voice for victims of crime and this review shows that any decision can be reversed, no matter who has made it.

"I have always said that in my view this was an extremely difficult and borderline case because of the strong arguments on both sides.

"I have also always emphasised my concern for the complainants in this case. I understood their need to be heard, which is why I contacted Justice Goddard to ensure that they could give evidence as part of the public inquiry.

"However, the review has concluded that this forum, albeit a public one, cannot substitute for the adjudication of the courts."

The case is first listed at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 7 August 2015.


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