Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What Is Going On In Jersey?

Senator Stuart Syvret had a disturbing post today.

The Senator is currently in London attending a “care leavers” meeting in the House of Commons. He says there are a good number of supportive folks in attendance.

Syvret spoke at the meeting and individually to MP’s, telling them that unless Jack Straw to get involved gets taken to court in the UK, the Jersey establishment will win.

Jack Straw and his civil servants carry on asserting - in a pack of lies - that they 'have no power to act - but even if they did, there is no need, as the Jersey system is working just fine.'

Remember, Syvret called on Jack Straw to intervene in the scandal investigation and any subsequent trials due to the conflict of interest between the legal and governmental bodies of Jersey.

What I found highly disturbing, Syvret said: Sadly, more news of Jersey corruption reaches me tonight. Jersey Attorney General, William Bailhache, has obstructed the States of Jersey Police in charging two suspects. I think you're going to hear a lot about this in the coming days. You just couldn't make it up.

Gosh, this is unbelievable!

The Guardian just reported: Two people arrested in connection with the investigation into child abuse at a former children's home in Jersey have been released without charge.

A 70-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman were arrested yesterday in relation to three "grave and criminal assaults".

An investigating officer invited a Centenier, an elected senior police officer with the power to charge suspects, to police headquarters yesterday.

"Despite stating that the evidence was present, the Centenier declined to charge," said a police spokeswoman. "The States of Jersey police have no alternative, therefore, but to release the two suspects without charge."

How despicable!


Anonymous said...

It seems as if Jersey's elite are determined to prove Senator Syvret's concerns right, at least to the rest of the world.

At every turn the legal system has allegedly failed children who reported horrific abuse by refusing to investigate. Now, with what appears to be a truly honest police investigation, the government seems to be continually attacking the professionalism of the police officers and even thwarting arrests.

Jack Straw may also find himself tainted by this scandal if he refuses to order adequate UK oversight. If he fails to provide Jersey's abuse victims with a trustworthy legal process, it will only cast a suspicious eye upon the shadowy relationship between the island's powerful finance industry and mainland politics.

Do the ruling politicos not understand that they risk that and more by appearing so reluctant to accept an honest, transparent investigation and system of justice in this case?

Let us hope the international press continues to monitor this story.