UK: Greville Janner Dies; Never Prosecuted for Sex Crimes
LORD Greville Janner (pictured), arguably the most prominent long-term Jewish “community leader” in the UK, died Saturday at age 87 after a long illness, Ha’aretz reported. Despite ample evidence that Janner had been sexually abusing children for over 24 years, he was never prosecuted.
Janner was a Labour Party member of the British parliament for 27 years, and continued to be a member of the British House of Lords until his death.
But Janner was eventually suspended from the Labour Party after multiple allegations of child sex abuse were made against him.
Police and prosecutors failed to pursue criminal charges against Janner, even though they had more than enough evidence to do so. Then, after the scandal of that coverup became public, in April 2015 the Crown Prosecution Service, the rough equivalent of the US Attorney’s office, announced it would not be in the public interest to prosecute Janner, who by then had advanced dementia. At the same time, the CPS admitted Janner should have been charged several times, including once in 1991 and another time in 2007, both on multiple counts of child sex abuse.
Before his dementia, Janner told Ha’aretz in 1999 that it was anti-Semitism and political enemies that were behind the “baseless attacks” against him.
“As a veteran politician, one makes enemies. Being a Jewish community leader and advocate of Israel exposes me to baseless attacks on my honor. That’s what we’re seeing here,” Janner said at the time.
Janner was chairman of the Board of Deputies of British Jews from 1978 to 1984. In addition, Janner was a vice president of the World Jewish Congress for many years, ending in 2009 – well after his alleged crimes against children had become known – and played leadership roles in other British Jewish organizations.