Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse

Lord Janner inquiry to go ahead

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has said its strand on former Leicester MP Lord Janner will go ahead.

The inquiry is due to investigate how allegations against the politician were handled by authorities.

There had been suggestions this part of the inquiry should be stopped due to an alleged victim deciding to claim their right to total anonymity, making it impossible to hold all the hearings in public.

But IICSA chairwoman Prof Alexis Jay has announced the strand will go ahead from October, with some proceedings taking place in private.

Lord Janner
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Three police investigations into Lord Janner took place in the 1990s and 2000s, but no charges were brought.

Following a fourth inquiry, he was charged in 2015 with offences against nine alleged victims. Police say 38 people accused him of abuse.

The peer, who suffered from dementia, was ruled unfit to plead, and died aged 87 before a trial of the facts could take place.

His family have always maintained his innocence.