Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: Brian Altman, counsel to inquiry, begins chronology with ‘Operation Magnolia’ in 1999.

But he completely omits the first police investigation into Greville Janner, then a Labour MP, in 1991.

Presumably entirely saved for closed session.
Brian Altman tells #CSAinquiry that among many allegations on which Lord Janner faced charges at the end of his life was that he sexually assaulted an under-age boy at a flat in Dolphin Square.
Nick Stanage, barrister for 13 complainant core participants, tells Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: “You can ask who made mistakes in this case? Why did they make them?”
Nick Stanage says that his clients are grateful that #CSAinquiry has persisted in holding the Janner hearings despite “vilification” of the inquiry by the Janner family and a campaign against it by prominent people, including members of the House of Lords.
Nick Stanage tells #CSAinquiry that the Janner family has slurred each of his clients. But he urged inquiry to publish evidence from a “prominent member of the Jewish community” who twice had to intervene to stop Janner intefering with boys.
Nick Stanage reminds #CSAinquiry that its Westminster report found that there was a dangerous culture of deference among police and prosecutors towards politicians and other prominent people, and says that the inquiriy should consider whether this also applied to Lord Janner.
William Chapman, barrister for another 13 complainant core participants, tells #CSAinquiry that he is restricted from saying much because of inquiry orders, but can say this: “The story of Greville Janner is, if it is anything, the story of prominence over justice.”
William Chapman to #CSAinquiry: If Janner has been simply Mr Joe Bloggs he would have been prosecuted sooner.

“Someone, somewhere had their thumb on the scales of justice.”
David Enright, on behalf of one complainant core participant, spells out how Daniel Janner, Lord Janner’s son, attacked his client and other complainants, accusing them for example of being compensation seekers.

His client, he adds, has not sought compensation.
David Enright to #CSAinquiry: when his client saw Daniel Janner attack him and others at a preliminary hearing it reminded him of Greville Janner. He looked so like his abuser, he said, and the attack left him shocked and shaken.
Chris Jacobs, representing other complainant core participants, reveals that some of his clients are suing Leicestershire county council over sexual abuse of them as children by Greville Janner.

He says that the case is expected to make a civil finding of whether Janner did it.
Chris Jacobs tells #CSAinquiry that his clients were not taken seriously when they did make disclosures as children about Greville Janner parly because people in authority “were not prepared to think the unthinkable.”
Edward Brown, representing CPS, tells #CSAinquiry that the CPS or anyone in it “did not act improperly” in relation to charging decisions on Greville Janner at the relevant time.
Alex Verdan, for Leicestershire county council, tells Janner hearing of #CSAinquiry: “This strand of the inquiry has been a long time coming.”

He refers to the unspeakable: it dates from police investigation into Frank Beck in 1991 (which is mostly confined to closed session).
Was Greville Janner MP the Jimmy Savile of Parliament? #CSAinquiry will not say. But it will examine the conduct of various institutions in response to allegations against the Labour politician. Mostly behind closed doors.

Day 1 of the hearings adjourns for lunch.
Danny Friedman, representing Lord Janner’s daughter, Laura Janner-Klausner, reads a statement from her saying that she has listened carefully to the allegations against her father, but remains convinced that they are untrue.

She says that he was a kind, unconventional man.
“Lord Janner was framed,” says Laura Janner-Klausner in a statement read by her barrister, Danny Friedman, to #CSAinquiry.
Chris Daw, representing Mick Creedon, a police officer who investigated Frank Beck in 1991, explains that claims about Greville Janner surfaced in that probe, but it was poorly resourced. Creedon is now Derbyshire chief constable, and is expected to give evidence for a full day.
Austin Welch, for Christopher Thomas, SIO on ‘Operation Dauntless’ 2006, the third police investigation that examined claims about Greville Janner MP, says that his client decided not to arrest him in “good faith” and not because of his prominence.
Opening day of Janner hearing at #CSAinquiry moves to closed session for further submissions from inquiry counsel and lawyers for various core participants.

Det Supt Matt Hewson due to give evidence tmrw, only partly in the open. See thread from yday:
EXTRA 1/2...

Initial indictment for Lord Janner in 2015, published by #CSAinquiry:

Janner was charged on 22 counts of sexual assault – including “buggery”, oral sex and indecent assault – against nine men when they were boys between 1969 and 1981.


Summary of 33 core participants in #CSAinquiry who allege sexual abuse by Greville Janner, late Labour MP and peer.

Locations identified include children’s homes, his car, Houses of Parliament, Dolphin Square, and a Holiday Inn in Leicester.

As opening day of Janner hearings went into closed session, #CSAinquiry said that it would publish an open “summary” later today of what was said in camera as a measure of transparency.

As of midnight, no summary.

Inquiry’s Janner investigation sinks further into farce.

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13 Oct
WOW: in New York, a federal judge in New York has just asked Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer whether his client denied knowledge of sexual activity involving children in her deposition in a libel action brought by Virginia Guiffre Roberts.

Her lawyer declined to answer.
Ghislaine Maxwell is appealing right now to judges at US Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit to STOP the unsealing of her deposition about her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein in the libel action.

Other material has already been unsealed.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s counsel says that he is “hestitating” to answer the judge’s question because it would disclose material from a deposition that is currently sealed.

Judge accepts this.

Maxwell’s lawyer accepts that deposition covers “intimate sexual matters” with adults.
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13 Oct
Day 2 of Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: Det Supt Matt Hewson, SIO for ‘Operation Enamel’, which investigated Lord Janner from 2012, due to give evidence – partly in open, partly in closed session.

Catch-up on his statement from my thread from Sunday:
After further submissions in closed session at Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry, Det Supt Matt Hewson, SIO for ‘Operation Enamel’, enters witness box in open session. He will later testify further in closed session.

See my thread on Hewson’s statement:
Det Supt Matt Hewson has been confirming some points from his statement, already covered in my thread from Sunday (see below).

Janner hearing adjourns for a mid-morning break.

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11 Oct
Det Supt Matt Hewson, SIO for ‘Operation Enamel’, which investigated Lord Janner from 2012, is due to give evidence at Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry on Tuesday.

He is only witness due to testify in the open next week, but he will give some evidence behind closed doors. 1/17
Operation Enamel’s Det Supt Matt Hewson, now retired, reveals in #CSAinquiry statement that SEVEN witnesses to a police inv, ‘Operation Magnolia’ in 2000-2, into two Leicester children’s homes, mentioned Greville Janner, then a Labour MP.

That proved to be just the start... 2/17
One of two former residents of a Leicester children’s home described to police in 2000 being taken to a property for sexual abuse by a group of men, including Greville Janner.

He also described giving Janner a “blow job” in the Japanese garden of Abbey Park in Leicester. 3/17
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17 Dec 19
Barbara Hewson, 58, due back for Day 2 of five-person disciplinary tribunal this am.

She admits two charges of “professional misconduct”. Counsel John Beggs to continue mitigation.

Tribunal then expected to decide between suspending or disbarring her.

Correction of typo in a tweet from yesterday. Barbara Hewson’s solicitor is not Daniel Berle. It is Daniel BERKE.

Everyone is present in the tribunal room awaiting the tribunal panel.

There is no sun streaming into the room today. Rain clouds have covered the winter sky...
Barbara Hewson’s disciplinary tribunal resumes, with her counsel, John Beggs, continuing to make pleas in mitigation.

He repeats that, following Hewson’s article that sparked a “tsunami of abuse”, she was forced to leave her chambers.
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16 Dec 19
Barrister Barbara Hewson, 58, due to appear before five-person tribunal this am, charged by Bar Standards Board (BSB) with “professional misconduct”.

Hewson, who gives her status at Bar Council as “career break”, is expected to deny charges against her: tbtas.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
Barbara Hewson has entered the tribunal room, accompanied by her legal team, John Beggs and Daniel Berle.
The tribunal chairman has changed from Jeremy Carey to Alan Greenwood, a retired circuit judge.

The tribunal has begun.
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4 Oct 19
Detectives on ‘Operation Midland’ did indeed believe ‘Nick’, Met chiefs told Sir Richard Henriques.

But he does not record why in report.

He asked one when he started to doubt Nick’s credibility. “I haven’t. I still consider him to be a victim.” 1/10
Sir Richard Henriques lambasts ‘Operation Midland’ officers in report b/c, he says, accounts of Carl Beech aka Nick were contradictory.

But, senior detectives told him, the identified inconsistencies were typical of victims’ recall of non-recent “traumatic sexual crime”. 2/10
Different law in practice for VIPs. Demonstrated by Sir Richard Henriques in his fuller report.

He writes: “Both the law and common sense dictate that Lord Bramall, for one, is less likely to have offended, as alleged, than the man in the street who is of good character.” 3/10
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