From Chris Clancy.
WHAT is happening in Jersey is beyond belief.
Millions of pounds spent on police investigations into allegations of child abuse resulting in the compilation of enough evidence for very professional and experienced investigating officers to submit files to the prosecuting officers which they considered enough to bring convictions.
But no, all their efforts and hard work have come to naught. After demonising one policeman and suspending another we now have the Attorney General declaring that no prosecutions will be brought, his decision being final and no appeal. Not just one case, but 13.
The people of Jersey must make themselves heard. They must demand more transparency, more explanation. Rumours abound about cover-ups and protecting of people in high places in government departments.
The voice of the people seems to be particularly muted within the States, with very few exceptions. It would be nice to hear a bit more clamour for fairness and justice for the abused, rather than the silence of those who would keep a low profile – rather like Pontius Pilate.
Let the courts and juries decide whether people are innocent or guilty. That’s what they are there for.
I only hope that the Jersey Care Leavers Association will pursue with vigour their civil action and totally support their going to a firm of solicitors outside the Island for advice. It would appear that within the island there are a lot of powerful influences working against them and their leaders. Justice must be done and be seen to be done.