- By Ajiša Dragičović
UK Prime Minister “wanted for child rape”
Former British prime minister Edward Heath would have been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of young boys if he were alive today, police said on today after a two-year investigation into the allegations.
Supporters of Heath, who never married, have said the investigation was an expensive, flawed witch-hunt. Which over recent years has seen hundreds of high profiled politicians and corporate leaders accused of and convicted for sexual offences for which evidence is either not present or highly controversial.
Heath, who was prime minister from 1970 to 1974 and died 12 years ago, would have been arresred over seven allegations including raping an 11-year-old boy and indecently assaulting men and other boys, one aged 10. He would have been further investigated for “a plethora” of additional sex offences against 40 individuals.
The alleged incidents occurred from 1956 to 1992 while he was a member of Parliament but not prime minister, said British Police from the national investigation named Operation Conifer.
“I am satisfied there were compelling and obvious reasons to investigate allegations made against Sir Edward Heath,” Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale told reporters, adding the report.
“The allegations against him were of the utmost seriousness and from a significant number of people. It would be an indefensible dereliction of my public duty as a chief constable not to have investigated such serious allegations against a former prime minister, even though he is deceased.”
In total, 40 individuals came forward with accusations against Heath.
The first occurred in 1961 when Heath, who then had the title “Lord Privy Seal”, is alleged to have raped and indecently assaulted a boy “during a paid sexual encounter in a private residence.
He lost the Conservative party leadership in 1975 to Margaret Thatcher, whom he never forgave and repeatedly criticised in what detractors described as “the longest sulk in history”.
He remained a lawmaker until 2001 and does four years later aged 89 in 2005.
The investigation cost the tax payer a tax least $2m USD.
There may now be an investigation into the party itself as to the extent of their knowledge Ignacio the incidents. Although such an investigation is not likely to be permitted by Theresa May.
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