Saturday, July 05, 2008

Jersey child abuse 'cover-up'; two released without charge

Sir Philip Bailhache

In Jersey, in the UK, police have been prevented from charging two child abuse suspects. (Jack Straw urged to send judge after Jersey pair are freed June 26, 2008)

Detectives said that there was enough evidence to charge the couple with serious sexual and physical assaults during the 1960s and 1970s.

Under Jersey law, members of the elected Honorary Police force with the rank of Centenier are the only officers authorised to charge suspects.

Centenier Danny Scaife refused to charge the couple after receiving advice from the offices of the island's Attorney-General, William Bailhache, QC.

Mr Bailhache is also the head of the Honorary Police. His brother Sir Philip Bailhache is the island's Bailiff or head of the judiciary.

Bailiff faces no confidence vote

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