Greville Janner, British politician, Died at 87

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Greville Ewan Janner, Baron Janner of Braunstone was born on July 11, 1928, and died on December 19, 2015.

He was a British politician, barrister and writer.

A QC since 1971, Greville was a Labour MP from 1970 to 1997; and then a member of the House of Lords until he died.

Greville was associated with a number of Jewish organisations including the Board of Deputies of British Jews, of which he was chairman from 1978 to 1984, and he was prominent in the field of education about the Holocaust.

On April 2015 the Crown Prosecution Service announced that Janner would not be prosecuted over allegations relating to the indecent assault of minors and buggery.

The CPS said it would not be in the public interest as Janner had been diagnosed as suffering from dementia, which is incurable and progressively worsens, and a case for the defence could not be made at a trial.

In normal circumstances, the evidence against him would have merited prosecution, the CPS said in a statement.

The CPS decision was initially overturned on 29 June 2015, but a judge at the Old Bailey ruled in December that he was unfit to plead, and a trial of the facts was scheduled for 11 April 2016, but Janner died on 19 December 2015. It is believed the court case will not take place.

In 2009, Greville was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Its advancing severity means that by 2015, he required round-the-clock care for his dementia.

At a court hearing in August 2015, a medical specialist acting as a witness for the defence said that Janner was experiencing the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Greville Janner passed away on December 19, 2015 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, aged 87


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