British Inquiry Told of Sex Abuse Allegations Against Late Lord Janner

The former Leicester MP had been charged with 22 offenses but died in December before a trial could be held, the Guardian newspaper said.

British politician Greville Janner, Sept. 10, 1996.
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The late, former British Labor lawmaker Lord Janner faced allegations of abusing 30 people over about as many years, a public inquiry into child abuse found on Wednesday, British media reports said.

The former Leicester MP had been charged with 22 sexual offenses but died in December at the age of 87 before a trial could be held, the Guardian newspaper said.

Justice Lowell Goddard is overseeing an inquiry into the allegations, in which she will decide whether the allegations are well-founded and why children's complaints were so long ignored.

Ben Emmerson QC, senior counsel for the inquiry, said police had allegations of sexual abuse from 30 victims, regarding events that took place from 1955 to 1988 at children's homes and hotels.

“The allegations in summary are that Greville Janner exploited children and perpetrated a full range of sexual offenses against them, including what would now be termed as rape,” Emmerson said.

The accusations included claims that Janner abused his position as an MP including by bringing some of his victims to the houses of parliament, the newspaper said.