This very powerful and emotional case is bound to lead to intense speculation. We do not know for sure what is alleged and we do not want to prejudice any court proceedings – or I hope we don’t!
There was a question in both Houses yesterday and in the Lords the judges and lawyers were very vocal. I want to put the following quote in full from Baroness Butler – Sloss because of her involvement in this case. I find myself in large agreement with her. The quote is :
Baroness Butler-Sloss: My Lords, I declare an interest as the judge who made the order for the anonymity of these boys. I respectfully agree with everything that the Government have done so far. I have a rather different question. This young man may or may not be tried; he may or may not have committed offences. There is at least the possibility that he has committed no offence. Consequently, he may, therefore, be allowed again to be out on licence. I hope the Government will take carefully into account the enormous importance of protecting his anonymity now and if he is released. Those who wanted to kill him in 2001 are likely to be out there now.
A timely reminder of the intense passions raised in this case.
The full transcript of the question is here: http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/ld200910/ldhansrd/text/100308-0011.htm