Ex-leader of UK Jewry briefly in court over child molestation allegations Republished from Times of Israel A former British lawmaker diagnosed with severe dementia appeared briefly in court Friday after being threatened with arrest if he failed to attend a hearing on charges of sex crimes against children. Greville Janner came to Westminster Magistrates’ Court after the failure of a last-minute attempt to appear via video […]

Ex-leader of UK Jewry briefly in court over child molestation allegations

Republished from Times of Israel

A former British lawmaker diagnosed with severe dementia appeared briefly in court Friday after being threatened with arrest if he failed to attend a hearing on charges of sex crimes against children.

Greville Janner came to Westminster Magistrates’ Court after the failure of a last-minute attempt to appear via video link because of his ill health. He wore a soiled green cardigan and said, “Ooh this is wonderful,” as he entered the court.

The appearance will be seen as a victory to those who have campaigned to have him appear — regardless of his infirmities.

It comes at a time when Britain has seen a spate of investigations of historic sex abuse following the 2011 death of entertainer Jimmy Savile, when dozens came forward to say he had abused them. The shocking revelations touched off other investigations, and subsequent revelations have implicated other high-profile figures.

Prosecutors originally said they would not charge the 86-year-old Janner for alleged offenses against boys several decades ago because his Alzheimer’s meant he was not fit to stand trial. After those who claimed he abused them expressed outrage, the decision was reversed.

Janner was a Labour Party lawmaker from 1970-97 and later served in the House of Lords. He is accused of 22 offenses in 1960s, 70s and 80s, mostly in his central England constituency.

His family said he is innocent.

He faces a likely “trial of the facts” which determines whether a defendant committed the alleged offenses, but does not result in a verdict or a sentence. At most, the defendant could be placed under supervision or confined to a hospital.

Janner served as president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews from 1978 to 1984, and was a vice president of the World Jewish Congress until 2009.

Posted in media, news-articles.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


All Rights Reserved © Jewish Community Watch 2020 Web design - kaza-web.co.il 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information posted on this web site. Information posted may be based on independent and private investigations or be reproduced from other sources. We do not guarantee the accuracy of content reproduced from other websites. Legally, all suspects discussed on this website are presumed innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.