Saturday, March 29, 2008

Work on Second Haut de la Garenne Chamber Completed – And Food for Thought

Next week, work on the third, of four chambers will begin. Forensic investigators have now completed examining the second chamber.

The second room was almost three times larger than the first chamber. Investigators found a large “K” written in black. The rest of the word is covered by whitewash.

Graffiti scrawled on a wooden post in the first chamber said, "I've been bad for years and years". Forensic teams have now covered that message.

Per the BBC: A police spokesman said: "New information has been coming forward as recently as yesterday, we are getting new calls about this case all the time. "We are still building up information on suspects but we are confident arrests will be made in the next few weeks." The spokesman said they anticipated finishing work at the site by the end of April.
Food for Thought:
As previously reported, the States of Jersey did indeed, unanimously approve Frank Walker’s proposal for a public inquiry into the Haut de la Garenne scandal, on Thursday.

While the spin-doctors are obviously being paid overtime to try and salvage Jersey’s political reputation, there are some troubling aspects of such an inquiry.

Walker stated the inquiry wouldn’t move forward until police completed their investigation. What isn’t clear to me, and obviously to others, is what that means. Does this mean the entire investigation, including arrests and prosecutions? Or, when the forensic work is completed at Haut de la Garenne?

Senator Stuart Syvret points out it may take 2-3 years to fully establish solid evidence needed to prosecute the guilty parties.

Here’s the sticking point; did Walker dream up the idea of an inquiry on his own? Or, was he advised to do so by senior members of Jersey's hierarchy?

Syvret says Jersey law provides: Any person summoned before a Committee of Inquiry, or who gives evidence to such a committee – immediately gains immunity from criminal prosecution for any matter being considered by the Committee.
So, effectively the worst of the perpetrators of abuse and those who turned a deaf-ear to the complaints of abuse could get a free, “get out of jail” card!

So, just why did you bring this up now Frank?

Oh yeah…lets not forget who was the Governor of Haut de la Garenne during the 70’s and 80’s.

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