Australia opens special inquiry into sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, February 5, 2015

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Melbourne and Sydney was thrown under the spotlight this week as a Royal Commission into the child sexual abuse scandal inside the fervently Orthodox Jewish community got under way.

The government-sponsored inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, which began in 2013, has two weeks to interrogate victims and officials of the Yeshivah Centre in


Prize for Chabad abuse exposé

December 18, 2014

The JC's Australian correspondent has won a prestigious journalism prize for a documentary on child sexual abuse inside the Chabad headquarters in Melbourne.

Dan Goldberg produced Code of Silence, which last week won the Walkley Award for Best Documentary in 2014.


Child sex predator who left a trail of heartache

By Naomi Firsht, November 13, 2014

When divorcee Suzanne Robert met company director Simeon Osen on J-Date she thought she had a second chance of happiness.

He moved into her home in Stanmore and they had a traditional Jewish wedding in East London.

But two years later, her life felt apart when Osen, 53, was arrested for sexually abusing a young girl.

He went to live with his parents and Suzanne filed for divorce.


Former Carmel College teacher accused of sexual abuse

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

A former teacher at Carmel College has been charged with sexual abuse while working at the now closed public school.

Trevor Bolton, 77, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was arrested in June last year on suspicion of four counts of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault on a male.

He was charged last Thursday and released on bail to appear at Oxford Crown Court next week.


Leon Brittan defends role over Westminster sex abuse claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has responded to calls for him to explain what he knew about allegations of paedophilia in Westminster in the 1980s.

Lord Brittan issued a statement after Labour MP Simon Danczuk said there should be a national inquiry into allegations of historic sex abuse.


Police action on alleged Janner sex abuse is 'not imminent'

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

A decision over whether to prosecute Lord Janner over allegations of historic child sex abuse is no closer this week, despite new revelations about the investigation.

Action against the 85-year-old peer is "not imminent", according to police.

A file was sent by officers to the Crown Prosecution Service in April for consideration. A property owned by Lord Janner was searched in December.


Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2014

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer died on Wednesday aged 85.

The American Jewish billionaire, born in Rochester, New York, suffered ill health following two strokes in 2006.

He was said to have been experiencing impaired speech and limited mobility.


Police chief urges joint approach against abuse

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2014

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick told 300 Jewish Women's Aid supporters that communal groups had a responsibility to work with the force to tackle domestic violence.

Addressing a central London lunch that raised over £170,000 for the abuse charity, she said that the issue was not one for the criminal justice system alone.


Police send Lord Janner file to Crown Prosecution Service

By Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2014

A police investigation into allegations of historic child abuse against Jewish peer Lord Janner has moved forward.

Leicestershire Police announced today that it had submitted evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration.


Judge ends battle of tycoons

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2014

Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a fresh claim in the British courts against tycoon Lev Leviev over a Angolan diamond deal worth more than a billion pounds.
High Court judge Mr Justice Mann granted an application from Mr Leviev, who is also of Russian-Israeli background, to strike out the case nearly two years after a previous court judgment.