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article imageJimmy Savile: another inquiry

By Steve Hayes     Oct 24, 2012 in World
London - British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced yet another inquiry into the Jimmy Savile scandal during Prime Minister's Questions today.
During Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron announced that Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), would be holding an inquiry into why the 2007 Surrey Police investigation into sexual assault allegations were not prosecuted.
As the Guardian reports, Mr Cameron told the House of Commons:
The director of public prosecutions has confirmed that his principal legal adviser will again review the papers from the time when a case was put to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) for prosecution.
The DPP's Principal Legal Adviser is Alison Levitt QC, who headed the Crown Prosecution team that dealt with the Phone Hacking scandal, and brought charges against Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and others.
However, according to the Guardian, on Monday, the CPS issued a statement which said that it had confirmed in 2011 that the decision not to prosecute Savile had been correct. A spokesperson said:
"It was not possible to prosecute Jimmy Savile in relation to a file received from Surrey police as there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction. The CPS cannot bring a prosecution unless this test is satisfied."
According to BBC News, the reason why the CPS felt there was no realistic prospect of a conviction was the unwillingness of the alleged victims to support a prosecution.
The Independent reports Mr Cameron's view that:
The allegations and what seems to have happened are completely appalling and I think are shocking the entire country.
As the Daily Telegraph records, the Prime Minister added:
The Government will do everything it can do, other institutions must do what they can do, to make sure that we learn the lesson of this and it can never happen again.
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