The former Labour MP Lord Janner “is unfit to stand trial” a High Court judge stated according to BBC News. Prosecuted for sexual abuse over underage children, the 87-years-old peer will not take part in his own trial because of dementia.
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Lord Janner would not even been able to recognize his family the Court reports say. Suffering from memory loss, he would not be able to witness or to defend himself at the trial. The Jury will have to decide next April whether Lord Janner committed sexual abuse or not with the presence of the defendant.
Lord Janner is prosecuted for 22 sexual offences, mostly on minor boys. On Last April, he was suspended from the Labour Party and has been on a “formal leave of absence from the House of Lords since October 2014” according to the Independent. He can indeed remain a member of the House of Lords until he dies or retires.
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders already stated that it was pointless to make him face a trial because of his “dementia” (BBC News). At that time, The Independent revealed that Lord Janner blamed in the past justice for taking the same decision towards a man accused of Nazi crimes. “There were absolutely no reasons why he should have escaped charges for ever.” he said at that time.
As requested by 6 of the alledged victims, the decision of letting Lord Janner facing his trial or not was handed to the High Court (BBC News). He did not attend court this Monday. A future hearing is set on March 7th.
The decision of the Hight Court did not please the public opinion, according to the reactions on Twitter. Indeed, Lord Janner was a trending topic in London this Monday.
If Lord Janner is deemed unfit to stand trial he must surely be unfit to attend the House Of Lords. There can be no distinction.
— Quinonostante (@Quinonostante) December 7, 2015
Sweep sweep… Lord Janner unfit to stand trial, I hate this world!!
— Michelle Doherty (@shellxdoherty84) December 7, 2015