GREVILLE JANNER will face trial over child-sex allegations after all, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced yesterday.
A trial of the facts, in which evidence is heard but a defendant will not testify, will be held to examine allegations of 22 offences committed against young boys in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Alison Saunders, who decided in April not to press charges because of the ex-Labour lord’s claim that he was unfit to face justice because of his dementia, is being called on to resign.
Following an appeal by victims, an independent review overturned Ms Saunders’ original ruling that he should face no action over child abuse allegations due to his Alzheimer’s disease.
The family of the 86-year-old Janner dismissed claims that he used his position as an MP for Leicester to abuse vulnerable young boys at a local children’s home. Lord Janner was expelled from the Labour Party earlier this year.
Simon Danczuk, the Labour MP who spearheaded the campaign for the case to go to court and who exposed his constituency predecessor Cyril Smith as a paedophile, called for a trial last week.
He also claimed in the House of Commons that Lord Janner violated, raped and tortured young boys inside Parliament.
Mr Danczuk said that Ms Saunders, the first DPP to have a major decision overruled, was responsible for a “catalogue of errors” and therefore “not fit to do the job.”
She brought the CPS into disrepute by being “cold and dispassionate towards alleged victims,” he added.
He said: “She made mistakes on a case around female genital mutilation, serious errors in her attempt to prosecute journalists and now another serious error regarding the Lord Janner case.
“Most important of all, it was a serious mistake because she failed to understand both the mood of the public and the emotional distress she was causing to the alleged victims,” Mr Danczuk said.
Peter Garsden, a solicitor representing nine of the alleged victims in the Lord Janner case, said that his clients wanted to see Ms Saunders go after being “exposed to unnecessarily long suffering.”