‘No-one above the law’ says Met chief regarding prince Andrew rape allegations

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The Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said “no-one is above the law” when questioned about claims of sexual assault against prince Andrew Windsor. Dick herself recently received criticism after refusing to accept the findings of a report which uncovered institutional corruption in the Metropolitan Police.

No investigation

Dick added that she has asked officers to review allegations connected to late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, having so far decided not to open an investigation. Appearing on LBC Radio on 12 August, Dick was asked what inquiries have taken place into the allegations from Virginia Giuffre concerning the duke. Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Epstein, Windsor’s friend, to have sex with the prince when she was 17 and a minor under US law.

Windsor has denied the allegations in the past, and a spokesperson for the prince said there was “no comment” when asked to respond to Giuffre filing a civil suit for damages in the US.

Dame Cressida Dick
Cressida Dick (Ian West/PA)

Dick told LBC:

I’m not going to talk about individuals, but what I can say is that I think what you’re referring to is associated with Jeffrey Epstein, who I will talk about since he is deceased.

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And the position there is that we have had more than one allegation that is connected with Mr Epstein and we have reviewed those, assessed those, and we have not opened an investigation.

The Duke of York
Windsor has denied Giuffre’s allegations (Yui Mok/PA)

She said the force looked at three things:

Is there evidence of a crime, is this the right jurisdiction for this to be dealt with, and is the person against whom the crime is alleged still alive?

“We have concluded that there is no investigation for us to open and we haven’t”, she said, adding it was the “right decision” after advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and being reviewed twice.

Dick added:

I’m aware that currently there is a lot more commentary in the media and an apparent civil court case going on in America and we will, of course, again review our position… but at the moment there is no investigation.

Asked if the prince is “above the law”, she replied:

No-one is above the law.

The recent report into the Metropolitan Police found the Met:

to be institutionally corrupt and the responses by senior officers to the report have been most disappointing.

The public statements which we have heard from the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner (and) Assistant Commissioner in the days following the publication illustrate exactly the problem we have been describing.

Dick said the Met is “open to working with authorities from overseas”, adding:

As a result of what’s going on, I’ve asked my team to have another look at the material.

Virginia Giuffre
Virginia Giuffre (Crime + Investigation)


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    1. The problem as I see it is that as no British government wants to be the one which helps bring down the monarchy, anything Andrew does which compromises him leaves the sitting British government subject to blackmail. Though Andrew is privileged and rich with powerful friends and many contacts he himself does not control a powerful institution like the Central Bank, the Church or a government ministry. As a prince and not a politician or captain of industry blackmailing him personally when he can’t control policy means he hasn’t much to give. But to preserve the monarchy the British government would do just about anything.

    2. Yet The Canary has another article suggesting convicted murderers and child rapists are above the law and shouldn’t be deported.
      The same website that supports Kevan Thakrar who executed a father and son with a dub machine gun. Vile.

    3. Cressida Dick is above the Law. She was Promoted for Killing a Brazilian Electrician; Jean-Paul de Menezes. She was labelled “Institutionally Corrupt”, with Scotland Yard, by the Daniel Morgan Inquiry. She is Bullet Proof; Backed by Boris Johnson PM who, is Corrupt himself with his Free Hollidays.

    4. In England, I think the Queen might be ‘above the law’ since they are enacted in her name. How far down the line of succession this applies, I do not know. Does it apply to Prince Charles? Prince William? etc down to Prince Andrew?

      In Scotland the Declaration of Arbroath allows for the replacement of a monarch whose actions do not satisfy the people (at the time, that meant the Barons), and since the ‘sovereignty of the people’ is still asserted to be the basis, then it would seem that no one in Scotland is above the law.

      Of course, it is a desirable principle, but, as others have pointed out, it has not always been the case in practice, because people have committed crimes and no prosecution has resulted. Even in the US with its constitution and strong legal ethos, President Trump was no pursued by Mueller, because, he said, ‘sitting Presidents are not normally prosecuted’. How this sits with the power of Congress to impeach presidents, as happened with Clinton and Trump and one other. Nixon avoided impeachment by resigning and by being pardoned immediately by his successor (for things for which he had not been impeached.)

    5. Cressida Dick has been reading the wrong book. I and millions of other Brits can harp on relentlessly about the people in this country that have gotten away with crimes on a daily basis. The £70 million “written off”, why are the serious fraud squad not investigating? Camerons £7 million, bent as the proverbial nine bob note. Andrew will get away with it.

    6. Actually, many people are above the law, just not Prince Andrew. it seems. I doubt this is really about Andrew or the allegations, but an attempt by the US government to blackmail the UK establishment into doing their bidding over Brexit and covid.

    7. Lol,
      Currently the law only applies to the middle classes and the lower class.
      If you’re wealthy, good chance you know an mp.
      The governments corrupt and all the media cares about is who Matt Hancock f***ed.
      We’re all fed drama, politics, disease and sport to keep us from revolution.
      We should take example of the french and Italians. Unfortunately we have been controlled by money grabbing elites for the past 300 years.
      Old money from old families.

    8. Also:
      This went from Andrew spending nights with Epstein on his island.
      Doing evil things with children,
      Harvesting adrenaline to keep Prince Philip alive…
      Now it’s “oh he raped an 17 year old”
      Not even underage. We know the truth, the rumours are right, just like the Catholic Church for the past 200 years.

      Did I say too much?

      1. 17 is under age in the USA, he is innocent anyway on that day he asked me if I would pluck the peperoni off his daughters meat feast. I was sceptical at first but he is very persuasive when he wants to be.

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