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'Credible Evidence' Former UK PM Sir Edward Heath Was a Pedophile

06 October 2017

Former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over child sex abuse allegations if he was alive when the claims were first made, British police said in a report on Thursday.

Paul Mills, the police commander for the investigation, dubbed Operation Conifer, said Sir Edward would have been interviewed "to obtain his account in relation to the allegations made against him".

As prime minister, Sir Edward Heath presided over some of the most turbulent years in Britain's post war history.

Instead the aim of the investigation was to "seek to establish the facts concerning allegations of child abuse made against Sir Edward Heath through an objective and proportionate investigation", as well as identifying whether any living people may have committed offenses, or whether any children or vulnerable adults were today at risk of abuse.

A raft of politicians from across the spectrum have been accused of abusing children, including Liberal Democrat Sir Cyril Smith and Labour peer and former MP Lord Janner. The report says: "Sir Edward Heath allegedly raped and indecently assaulted a male, aged 11 years, during a paid sexual encounter in private in a dwelling". None occurred while he was prime minister between 1970 and 1974, while three of the alleged offences occurred after that. "Everything that is known of his character, his habits, his intelligence and his principles supports this view", said the statement, attributed to the foundation's chair Lord Hunt, and Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, who served as a Cabinet Secretary to Heath.

Police stressed that they could not pass judgment on whether Heath, who died in 2005, was guilty or not, nor whether there would have been a likely prospect of successfully prosecuting him.

He said that following the police appeal for victims to come forward he was surprised 10,000 people had not done so.

The house, garden and Sir Edward's art collection is now open to members of the public. "I don't believe any of the allegations", he said.

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"Operation Conifer was never going to prove or disprove Sir Edward's guilt".

"It would be an indefensible dereliction of my public duty ... not to have investigated such serious allegations against a former prime minister even though he was deceased".

'I recognise that this investigation, the findings and the summary closure report may raise further questions.

"In the case of 10 disclosures, the alleged abuse was reported by a third party, and in the case of another three; the victim reported the alleged abuse anonymously".

The force had been heavily criticised for its role in the investigation into historic sex abuse but the panel tasked with scrutinising investigation decisions said the inquiry had been "fair, sensitive and rigorous with regard to both victim and suspects". He called suggestions to the contrary "misleading and inaccurate commentary".

Lincoln Seligman, 67, an artist, called for a judge to examine the allegations against Sir Edward, who was his godfather.

After losing to Mrs Thatcher, Sir Edward helped foster links between the West and Communist China.

'Credible Evidence' Former UK PM Sir Edward Heath Was a Pedophile