*Originally published on RYOT.org on August 6th, 2015 by Sean Sawyer*
Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath has been named a suspect in an ongoing pedophilia case. In 1950, Heath became a member of Parliament until 1970 when he became PM. Now, a decade after his death, Heath is being investigated for pedophilia.
Heath headlines a Scotland Yard investigation named Operation Midland. This operation is investigating the claims that there was a VIP pedophile ring operated in the 1970s and 1980s in England.
The alleged victim is now in his 60’s and said that Heath raped him when he was 12 years old in 1961 when Heath was an MP for the UK’s Conservative Party. The unnamed man wrote: “I don’t know how the conversation got round to sex. After having a shower he said that he only had one bedroom and that if I was OK with that I could share his bed.”
The man did not know who Heath was when he claims he was abused. He reported the assault, but it never got any traction. “I learned that he was MP for Bexley. This answered a lot of questions as to why no-one believed me about the London saga. I got called a liar and a fantasist,” the alleged victim continues.
Now The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPPC) is investigating the Wiltshire Police to see if they failed to respond to accusations against Sir Heath. An IPCC spokesman said in a statement, “It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children. ‘In addition to this allegation, the IPCC will examine whether Wiltshire Police subsequently took any steps to investigate these claims.”
Superintendent Sean Memory of Wiltshire Police said in a statement, “The allegation is that a trial was due to take place in the 1990s and information was received in that trial that Sir Ted Heath was involved in the abuse of children and the allegation is from the result of that information that the trial never took place. A retired senior police officer has come forward towards the end of 2014 indicating that they were aware of this information.”
The current staff at Wiltshire Police is looking to correct any negligence that their department may have done in the past. Fearing the Sir Heath’s alleged pedophilia abuse could be larger than just one victim, Superintendent Memory made a request to the public, “This is an appeal for victims in particular. If you have been the victim of any crime from Sir Ted Heath or any historical sexual offence, or you are a witness or you have any information about this, then please come forward.”
In March, Home Secretary Theresa May discussed the impact of a new judge based panel that will be investigating the possibility of a VIP pedophilia ring in the 1980’s. She believes that accusations like the one made against the former PM are “just the tip of the iceberg.” In an op-ed she wrote in The Telegraph, May writes, “In my discussions with older victims and survivors and their representatives, I began to realise how abuse is woven, covertly, into the fabric of our society.”
The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation said in a statement: “We welcome the investigation by Wiltshire Police, which we wholeheartedly believe will clear Sir Edward’s name and we will co-operate fully with the police in their inquiries.”
Leading the inquiry into a possible pedophile ring is Justice Lowell Goddard. She is a judge from New Zealand and was put in charge of the inquiry so that there is no conflicting interest with the United Kingdom. Since her appointment to lead the inquiry in February, more steps have been taken by former victims/survivors of child rape that furthers the allegedcover up of many cases. In February, a case was brought to the high court of Northern Ireland which accused MI5, Britain’s security department, of covering up rape complaints at the Kincora Children’s Home in Northern Ireland.
Regarding her appointment, Justice Goddard wrote in a statement, “I am honoured to be asked to lead this crucial Inquiry – and am well aware of the scale of the undertaking. The inquiry will be long, challenging and complex. The many, many survivors of child sexual abuse, committed over decades, deserve a robust and thorough investigation of the appalling crimes perpetrated upon them. It is vitally important that their voices are now being heard. I am committed to leading a robust and independent inquiry that will act on these matters without fear or favour and will hold those responsible to account. The outcome of the Inquiry must ensure that the children of today and of the future will not only be protected from such dreadful exploitation but also empowered to combat it.”
Backing the investigation of the allegations is Amnesty International, which said in a statement, “There are longstanding claims that MI5 blocked one or more police investigations into Kincora in the 1970s in order to protect its own intelligence-gathering operation, a terrible indictment which raises the spectre of countless vulnerable boys having faced further years of brutal abuse. It’s only Justice Goddard’s inquiry that will be able to ensure that evidence doesn’t remain hidden in Whitehall filing cabinets and that even senior politicians will have to attend the inquiry.”
In a sworn affidavit, one of the alleged victims of the Kincora Children’s Home, Gary Hoy, said about the potential cover up, “If we had had a proper inquiry in the 1980s then I wouldn’t have to relive this again today. MI5 and MI6 cannot be allowed to hide things, and I believe everything needs to be brought out into the open. I find it heart-wrenching that there were security men could have been behind the abuse or involved in it … Because they were in positions of authority or supposed to be protecting the state they get away with it.”
The Kincora Children’s Home is just one of the potential locations where children were raped by grown adults. The infamous hacking group Anonymous created a video that exposes the possibility of a pedophilia ring involving MP’s and MI5.
Theresa May concludes her op-ed by writing, “It is the job of the inquiry to get to the truth, to examine the how, why, where and when of institutional abuse. I truly believe it represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity and that once its work is done, we will never look at society in the same way again.”
If the allegations are true, justice must be brought to the potentially thousands of victims/survivors of rape. With hope, Justice Goddard can find the truth behind this scandal and create transparency in Britain’s government which seems to have been corrupted for decades.