Judge: Unwell UK peer accused of child sex abuse ordered to appear in court

An ageing member of Britain’s House of Lords was ordered on Friday to appear in court to face charges of serious child sex crimes, despite defense lawyers arguing he was too unwell to attend. Lord Greville Janner, 87, a former Labour member of parliament and ex-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, is accused of 22 offenses in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. He denies the charges. “Lord Janner is fit to attend,” Judge Howard Riddle told Westminster Magistrates Court, saying his presence was necessary in the interests of justice. Riddle said that the peer, who has been suspended by the opposition Labour party, would only be needed for as little as a minute in a brief hearing.

via ynetnews.com

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