​Former Labour peer in court over child sex abuse charges

A former senior British politician has appeared in a court in London to face historical child sex abuse charges.

Former Labour peer, Lord Janner, arrived at Westminster magistrates’ court in central London in connection with 22 sex abuse charges spanning over 30 years between 1960s and 1980s.This is his first appearance in the court over sex abuse allegations.

Lord Janner had initially failed to attend the hearing, despite a High Court order asking him to attend the proceeding on Thursday.

Janner’s lawyer wanted him to appear via video link, but the prosecutor rejected the request saying such a procedure is only permitted for someone in the police custody.Prosecutor, Louise Oakley, however, suggested the peer could appear at Wood Green Crown Court instead, a court closer to his home.  

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