Police publish statement attacking Lord Janner (above)
Police publish statement attacking Lord Janner (above)Reuters

An extraordinary statement branding Lord Janner an "animal" over sex abuse claims has been released by police following the decision not to prosecute the Peer.

Leicestershire Police took the highly unusual step of issuing a statement by a man who claims he was sexually abused by Janner - seemingly ignoring the risk of defamation by publishing the untested allegations.

Using heated language, the unnamed man claimed Janner had been protected from prosecution by his status as a Lord, compared to that of his accusers who grew up in care homes.

The statement also spoke of the man's personal ordeal and his belief that the memories of what allegedly took place would haunt him for the rest of his life.

The irregular decision to publish the man's claims was taken by Leicestershire constabulary, following the controversial decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to not put Lord Janner - a former Labour MP for Leicester West - on trial. The 86 year-old's rapidly deteriorating health from dementia rendered him unfit to stand trial, the CPS said.

According to sources, the Midlands force was "livid" at the decision, which may explain the publication of such a strongly word reposte from one of the 12 alleged victims. Significant resources were invested by the police in to an investigation in to claims against Janner. Officers raided Janner's home and his offices in Westminster during Operation Enamel.

Indeed, Leicestershire constabulary also published its own strongly-worded statement to the CPS's decision.

"There is credible evidence that this man carried out some of the most serious sexual crimes imaginable over three decades against children who were highly vulnerable and the majority of whom were in care," said Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister.

He added: "Despite the decision of the DPP, our determination to seek justice for those who have been abused as children, particularly by those who have used their "status" to facilitate such crimes, remains undeterred."

Explaining the decision not press ahead with a prosecution, the CPS said it was not "a straight forward case in which the conclusion is simply that the evidence does not warrant taking further action."

In a lengthy statement, the CPS said Janner should have faced prosecution over allegations dating a period between 1969 and 1988. Opportunities to bring the peer to trial were missed in 1991, 2002 and 2007, it continued.

"The evidential test was passed on the basis that the evidence is sufficient to have warranted charging and prosecuting Lord Janner in relation to the particular charges, the CPS said. "Lord Janner should have been prosecuted in relation to those complaints."

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said there was enough evidence to charge him with:

  • Fourteen indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988
  • Two indecent assaults between 1984 and 1988
  • Four counts of buggery of a male under 16 between 1972 and 1987
  • Two counts of buggery between 1977 and 1988

The National Association for People abused in Childhood said that the CPS decision was a "step backwards for justice".

Pete Saunders, a spokesman, told The Times: "There is enough evidence to proceed with this case and that Alison Saunders can say it is not in the public interest is an outrage."

Lord Janner, a prominent speaker on Jewish rights who was President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews - the umbrella organisation of the 300,000-strong British Jewish community - has been hailed for his efforts to see Holocaust victims receive compensation.