- By Charles Bordeaux
Some law enforcement personnel, individuals and rough MPs use accusations, forced extractions of information and doctored statements regarding sexual offences as a ‘power tool’ for their own means
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has insisted he had a “duty” to inform police of sex abuse allegations against former Home Secretary Leon Brittan.
Mr Watson has faced calls to apologise, from members of the House of Lords, over unfounded accusations after police dropped a rape inquiry.
Mr Watson said he was sorry for distress caused to the Brittan family, but in a blog for The Huffington Post, the MP said he had wanted the claims “properly investigated”.
Lord Brittan, whose career included two years as home secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government, died in January aged 75.
He had not been told there was no case for him to answer over an alleged rape in 1967.
Sir Samuel said Mr Watson “should apologise to my sister-in-law [Lady Brittan] for making unfounded accusations against my brother”
“Earlier this week, a vulnerable man who made sex abuse allegations against high-profile figures, including Lord Brittan, told the BBC he may have been led into making the claims by campaigners.”
The House of Lords has accused Watson of using the Media as a tool for self-empowerment, to enable him to act as judge, jury and executioner.
In April 2014 The International ran an 8 page story in our sister magazine regarding this very crisis plaguing the UK.
The International obtained evidence from at least four cases where it was clear police officers or senior members of the police force had doctored witness statements and used coercion and even blackmail against vulnerable people to make false statements.
The problem tends to be in the UK that such matters are investigated by the very police force, or political body that the complaints are against. Very rarely are such matters allowed to reach the light of day in the IPCC or Independent Review’s hands.
Whilst the majority of those employed in law enforcement and politics work hard to protect genuine victims and reduce crime, a minority, that is not as small as you may wish to believe relishes the power and manipulative abilities that threats of or show trials and false charges creates for their own personal means.
One recent survey using both interviews and FOIRs suggested that as many as 1 in 5 arrests over such matters could be bogus in the light of new findings.
The perpetrators of this dishonest practice target a range of victims, usually from either: A background or presence as a public figure, a politician or activist (including those who leak or challenge government information), those who are vulnerable to extortion.
However as The International has previously covered, sometimes, it’s for more crude ambitions such as a persona vendetta.
David Cameron’s Piggate scandal demonstrates well that not all people are equal in the eyes of the law, and not all people are investigated when evidence of sexual crimes is produced.
The practice of such show trials has raised mass demonstrations and complaints from genuine victims of abuse claiming that such practice discredits the real victims and hinders their recovery.
Many campaigners are calling on nation wide reforms for the way in which the Media is allowed to cover such cases as well as the manner in which such complaints are handled for investigation.