Former Kincora boy Richard Kerr has finally identified several establishment figures as people who helped to cover up a paedophile network of VIPs. He picked out seven men connected with intelligence, the military, and politics – and even the royal family. He identified three of them as paedophiles. Kerr has been speaking to Exaro since August 2013, but was previously too scared to name names.
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Former Kincora boy Richard Kerr says in a powerful interview that child sex abuse at the children’s home was all about political leverage.
Speaking in the video interview with Exaro, Kerr says that paedophilia at Kincora boys’ home in east Belfast, Northern Ireland was used “to gain leverage over others for political reasons during the Troubles” in comments that will re-ignite the scandal.
Television investigator Roger Cook is to be a witness in the trial of a man accused of falsely alleging sexual assault by ex-minister Kenneth Clarke. Ben Fellows, an actor, is set to go on trial next week at the Old Bailey over the accusations that he made to police. Cook and Exaro’s David Hencke are due to be witnesses in the case.
BBC chiefs are braced for condemnation from an inquiry into the broadcaster’s failure to discover that one of its stars was a prolific paedophile. Dame Janet Smith, who is conducting a review into Jimmy Savile’s activities, is concerned about why the corporation failed to realise what he was doing espite hints of his paedophilia in one of its own programmes 15 years ago.
Director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders was today forced to overturn her refusal to prosecute former Labour MP Lord Janner for child sex abuse. Janner will be prosecuted on 22 counts of child sex abuse against nine boys following a review of the initial decision by Saunders not to charge him on grounds of ill health. Janner has always denied the allegations.
Police face accusations that they staged a raid to seize evidence of paedophilia by then Labour MP Greville Janner as part of a massive cover-up. Exaro has obtained a sensational statement by a former police officer who gave a detailed account of how his home was raided in an attempt to collect potentially crucial evidence – personal letters between Janner and a boy.
For me, it was very difficult to go to the police about the rape that I endured in 1967 as a student in London. “Jane” writes about gathering the courage to report her rape complaint against Leon Brittan, who would become home secretary. Police must be looking into allegations about Brittan, she thought. But she was disappointed with outcome of the police investigation.
Prosecutors are refusing to tell Scotland Yard whether it had enough evidence to charge former home secretary Lord Brittan with raping a young woman. The refusal has prompted frustration among detectives and for the complainant, known only as “Jane”. The police still wanted to know whether their case was strong enough to prosecute the Conservative peer were it not for his death.
Police have interviewed paedophile Charles Napier in prison over fresh evidence first reported on Exaro of child sex abuse. Officers visited the former teacher behind bars this week to talk to him about allegations that he sexually abused a 15-year-old boy, known only as “Darren”, who became the third witness to give an account to Exaro of VIP paedophiles at Dolphin Square.
Justice Lowell Goddard is looking to hire 20 more barristers to help her run the overarching inquiry into child sex abuse. The move has caused anger among abuse survivors and their representatives. One warned that it would deter nervous witnesses from coming forward. Goddard has given the role of finding 20 barristers – including 10 QCs – to Ben Emmerson, counsel to the inquiry.
Former Labour MP Lord Janner personally pressed India’s prime minister Indira Gandhi to open up diplomatic relations with Israel, Exaro can reveal. Janner has been at the centre of a storm since Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions (DPP), provoked fury in April after announcing that he would not be prosecuted over 22 counts of sexually abusing nine boys because of “severe” dementia.