Sir Edward Heath abuse claims

Oct 06, 2017, 00:23
Sir Edward Heath abuse claims

The officer "expressed concerns" that a crown court trial in Wiltshire had been "discontinued" in 1994, to prevent the defendant publicly claiming the former Tory prime minister had been involved in child sex abuse, implying Wiltshire Police was "complicit" in covering up alleged paedophilia.

A police report examining allegations of child sex abuse against former Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is due to be published on Thursday.

Heath served as Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974 and as leader of the Conservatives from 1965 to 1975.

Wiltshire Police received 42 claims about Ted Heath - these are the seven allegations they would interview him about if he were still alive.

Full story in tomorrow's JEP.

According to the report, "no inference of guilty should be drawn from the fact that Heath would have been interviewed under caution". At the time Heath was MP for Bexley and Lord Privy Seal in Harold Macmillan's government with responsibility for negotiating the UK's first attempt to join the European Economic Community.

Those allegations relate to the alleged rape of an 11-year-old boy; indecent assault of a 10-year-old boy; indecent assault of a 15-year-old boy; indecent assault on a male over the age of 16.

"As Sir Edward is dead, justice requires that there should be a quasi-judicial process as a substitute for the judicial process". I'm plain in my mind that he was not.

"My suspicion is that we will learn nothing from the report except innuendo and that really takes nobody any further forward, except it leaves a dark stain over a man who can't defend himself", he said earlier this week.

But the decision to investigate had been "the right moral thing, ethical thing and professional thing to do", he said. The boy, who was aged between 12 and 14, was not known to him. It was just not of interest to him, ' he added.

"(He) was an extremely prominent, influential and high-profile person, arguably one of the most powerful people in the world", he said.

"When I grew up I formed a closer relationship with him".

Lincoln Seligman, Sir Edward's godson, called for an official inquiry into what he said were serious flaws in Operation Conifer.

Of the 42 allegations identified by Operation Conifer, seven are considered credible enough to question Sir Edward but 22 have been dismissed as unsustainable while 13 are hard to take any further because they were made either anonymously or by third parties.

" I think this whole flourish today of [Wiltshire police] saying there are seven outstanding matters is about self-justification".

"This would neither provide value or money or indeed a legitimate outcome of the guilt or innocence of Sir Edward Heath", he said. In December 2016, Veale was stung into a vehement denunciation of the criticism.

Mr Veale added the inquiry was "politically sensitive" but denied direct pressure on investigators.

"If you make a mass appeal for victims you are sure to get them, whether they are legitimate or not", he told Radio 4's Today program.

The police said their findings would be presented to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which was established in 2005 to investigate whether public and private institutions in England and Wales had taken sufficient action to protect children from sexual abuse.

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