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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC Investigation Report

B.3: Other police investigations

87. It is important to note that the Inquiry heard evidence relating to another police investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse made against Lord Janner. In order to fulfil the Inquiry’s duty to protect the identity of complainants, who are entitled to lifelong anonymity under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992, it is not possible legally for this report to include any further detail about that investigation.[1] It is right to record, however, that Lord Janner faced no charges as a result of that investigation.

88. In relation to that investigation, based on the evidence we heard and saw:

  • the decision not to charge Lord Janner was not an unreasonable decision, given the law that existed at the time and the factual complexities of that particular investigation;
  • while there were some administrative errors in the prosecutorial decision-making process, these did not affect the overall decision not to bring charges;
  • there was no improper influence or pressure brought to bear on Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Crown Prosecution Service or CPS Headquarters in the decisions they made in this investigation; and
  • the investigation of the Janner allegations was pursued by the officers concerned without prejudice towards children in residential care.
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