Janner family: 'Move child abuse allegations to Civil Court'


The family of the late Lord Janner has supplied new information to the Home Affairs Select Committee for consideration when it meets on September 7 to review the progress and effectiveness of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse.

In a statement released today, the peer's children, Daniel, Marion and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, requested that the allegations against him be moved to the Civil Court "where proceedings have been issued and where they can be thoroughly tested and disproven".

Mr Janner said: “The inquiry is designed to examine historic institutional failings; not to determine innocence or guilt. We have been denied the right to cross-examine what we know to be false allegations.

"We believe the allegations against our father should be tested in a court of law and not in a public inquiry that does not allow for full cross-examination.In the inquiry, those accusing him of the most heinous crimes will have their accusations broadcast live and anonymously from behind a screen; they will not be cross-examined. Our late father was innocent and is being falsely accused."

More than 30 people have made claims against Lord Janner over alleged offences between 1955 and 1988. Lawyers for the alleged victims say their clients have been waiting years for justice.

The Janner family maintain that all the claims "are fraudulent and should be challenged as part of a proper legal process".

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