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Haut de la Garenne Surprise


It is pretty stunning, but I am doubtful it will force any positive movement in the Haut de la Garenne debacle.

After the Council of Ministers made their announcement not to hold the Committee of Inquiry into the historical abuse investigation that was promised in 2008, Senator Francis Le Gresley has called for a debate on the issue!

Saying Jersey needs an independent inquiry and while acknowledging it would prove expensive, he suggests the £6.5m in the ‘criminal offenses confiscation fund’ would be an appropriate use of that money.

Le Gresley admonished the Council, “it was completely wrong” that politicians were not given the chance to debate the report that decided there should be no inquiry.  He added the important issue has dominated the headlines for the past three years and should be discussed in the House.

“A committee of inquiry was promised by the Council of Ministers once all the prosecution had been completed,” he said.

Former deputy police chief Lenny Harper has spoken out about Chief Minister Terry Le Sueur’s announcement saying that by not conducting an inquiry, Jersey would forever lose the opportunity to expose the ‘full extent of the brutalities’ inflicted at Haut de la Garenne.

In a letter to the editor of Jersey Evening Post, (JEP or the Rag as it is known on the island) Harper said, Such a committee would have seen the trickle of truth turn into a torrent and the full extent of the brutalities inflicted on the victims as well as the lengths gone to in attempts to cover it up would have been exposed for the world to see.’ 

As I mentioned, I doubt the puppet masters will suddenly agree to the inquiry, but I have to applaud Senator Le Gresley for having the guts to stand up to the Ministers and I am in total agreement with Lenny Harper!  Brava gentlemen!

BBC News Jersey


  1. 02/04/2011 at 10:21 pm

    You have to wonder how bad it has to get on the Jersey population before they finally dig in their heels and reject the corruption. Sigh.

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