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Janner's alleged abuse victims hit back at family over money claims

Alleged victims criticise claims by late peer’s daughter and son that allegations of abuse may have been motivated by money

Tuesday 30 May 2017 16.52 BST Last modified on Wednesday 31 May 2017 01.05 BST

The alleged child abuse victims of Greville Janner have hit back at claims from the late peer’s daughter and son that the allegations of abuse over three decades may have been motivated by money.

A statement issued to the Guardian by their solicitor says there has been an attempt to caricature Lord Janner’s accusers as gold-diggers even though some first made their claims decades ago.

They believe the family’s claims are an attempt to obscure the high court judge Richard Henriques’s conclusion that the former Labour MP should have been prosecuted when he was alive.

Janner’s daughter Laura Janner-Klausner said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday that claimants against the Janner estate may have been driven by a promise of compensation without having to face a court case.

On Sunday it emerged that six men who claimed they had been abused by the peer had dropped proceedings in the high court against Janner’s estate.

Richard Scorer, an abuse specialist at the law firm Slater & Gordon, which represents the six alleged victims, said his clients had launched the high court claim in 2015 only after other routes to justice had collapsed.

“Many of my clients made very serious allegations of abuse by Lord Janner decades ago. If they were motivated by compensation, why didn’t they bring claims at that time? Only when it seemed their only route to justice, having seen criminal proceedings repeatedly dropped, did they pursue civil action against Lord Janner.

“Caricaturing alleged victims as only seeking compensation is an attempt to distract from the damning findings of Sir Richard Henriques, whose detailed investigation concluded authorities badly failed alleged victims over many years because they had sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of convicting Lord Janner for serious offences but decided not to prosecute,” he said.

Janner-Klausner said on Monday that some people had lied about her father, and added that the high court claimants had their own motivations including compensation.

“The compensation lawyer business/industry advertises, for instance, in [the prisoners’ magazine] Inside Time. It promises that 98% of child abuse compensation claims are settled outside court.

“Lets say something has happened to you. You go for ‘compo culture’ and the lawyers say don’t worry, you won’t have to speak in court, meaning that you won’t be expected to attend a court hearing,” said Janner-Klausner, a rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism.

Janner was the MP for Leicester West for 27 years and stood down at the 1997 election. He was eventually charged with 22 offences relating to nine men and boys, after an inquiry in 2013. He was suffering from dementia when he died in December 2015 while awaiting a trial of the facts.

An independent report by Henriques released a month after Janner’s death found that the peer had escaped prosecution for serious sexual abuse of boys on three occasions because of failings by prosecutors and the police.

Henriques severely criticised the Crown Prosecution Service and Leicestershire police for mishandling investigations into the peer in 1991, 2002 and 2007.

The report gave examples of how inquiries had let down Janner’s alleged victims, some of whom were living in children’s homes.

One alleged victim, known as Complainant One, said he had been befriended by Janner when he was 14 and had been sexually abused and raped repeatedly. The complainant went to a wedding with the peer’s family, it was alleged, and it was only two decades later, in 2014, that a subsequent police investigation found there was film footage of Complainant One at the event.

Letters written by Janner to Complainant One, who is thought to be one of the deferred high court claimants, were signed “Love, Greville” and indicated the complainant had visited the Janner family home when his wife and daughter were in Israel.

Henriques concluded: “While the letters did not provide proof of a sexual relationship, they are, in my judgment, consistent with such a relationship.”

Janner’s eldest son Daniel Janner, a QC, told the Sunday Times this weekend that some of the claimants had criminal convictions.

“All these claims were dropped because they were based on false allegations. Criminals had tried to frame my innocent late father. They knew that their hurtful lies would not stand up to cross-examination,” he said.

The family is likely to seek the high court’s approval to wind up the estate and distribute it among the beneficiaries of Janner’s will.

Slater & Gordon’s clients are expected to focus on working with the national child abuse inquiry, which will examine the responses of institutions to the the claims of abuse against Lord Janner.


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