Sunday, September 20, 2015

THE COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY AND THE KEY PLAYERS: OPERATION RECTANGLE: PRELUDE

FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE, GRAHAM POWER QPM STATES OF JERSEY POLICE

FORMER DCO LENNY HARPER STATES OF JERSEY POLICE



THE JERSEY CHILD ABUSE  ENQUIRY 

AKA


THE JERSEY CARE INQUIRY (COI)


OPERATION RECTANGLE ( Investigation into decades long child abuse)


THE KEY PLAYERS 


Over the past months the care enquiry has been hearing from victims, alleged abusers, care workers and people who were in authority of the agencies responsible for the protection of children in Jersey.  The picture that is emerging from the many testimonies and submissions that have been collated is one of failure, cover-up and collusion . There can be no doubt about this. The way that Operation Rectangle had to be closed down, the denigration of former DCO & Senior Lead  officer Lenny Harper and the quite absurdly bonkers triple suspension of then former Police Chief Graham Power QPM lies at the heart of the Jersey culture (The Jersey Way) and who holds the real power in the Island.


Bloggers have been reporting and exposing these cover - ups since the now infamous liberation day speech of then Bailiff Philip Bailhache.  Team Voice has almost exclusively reported on the facts behind one of the most notorious, blatant child abuse cover ups that the British Isles has ever seen or witnessed to this present day. We have been able to report these facts after gaining the trust and confidence of high ranking whistle blowers who have trusted us with official documentation knowing that we would publish these documents and invite readers and viewers to form their own opinions on the official documented evidence.


Readers are invited to form an opinion why Team Voice were able to gain the trust and confidence of the whistle blowers and the local mainstream media were not afforded this trust or confidence. Unfortunately the Child Abuse Inquiries  terms of reference do not extend to role played by the local mainstream media. 


FORMER CHIEF MINISTER FRANK WALKER AND FORMER HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER ANDREW LEWIS

If we are to really find out the truth of the jersey child abuse cover-up then the jersey "COI" must look closely at the multiple suspensions possibly (illegal) suspension of Graham Power QPM and the subsequent denigration of himself, his Deputy Chief Officer and Operation Rectangle as a whole. The "COI" needs to discover who on this Island has the power to pressurise the then Chief Minister Frank Walker who then set in chain the events that led to the  allegedly illegal suspension of Chief of Police initiated by the then Home Affairs Minister, Andrew Lewis. Could it be that Frank Walker wanted to do the right thing regarding the whole Child Abuse Investigation but was powerless to do so. 


Who on this Island wields such power and influence over one of the most powerful men on the island? We, at Team Voice, believe it can only be the unelected, unaccountable Jersey Law Office.  The Bailiff, the Deputy Bailiff the Attorney General and their minions.  If the "COI" is to do its job and is able to get to the truth (bearing in mind they are being hindered by the Jersey Law Office) it can only conclude that the politicised Judiciary is the reason that children in the  jersey care system have not been,not now or never will be safe. The Jersey Law Office will always protect the reputation of Jersey before that of vulnerable children and victims of abuse as demonstrated by the then Bailiffs Philip Bailhache infamous 2008 Liberation day speech.

FORMER BAILIFF - SIR PHILIP BAILHACHE

"All child abuse, wherever it happens, is scandalous, but it is the unjustified and remorseless denigration of Jersey and her people that is the real scandal".


Over the coming weeks we will be revisiting Operation Rectangle and the key players who supported it and attacked it. Why and how did the former Home Affairs Minister, Andrew Lewis get it so badly wrong. This has been  evidenced,documented, and will be looked at over the coming weeks on the Team Voice Blogs. 


The suspension of Police Chief Power is an albatross around Andrew Lewis's neck. The "COI" could offer the opportunity to Andrew Lewis to finally  relieve himself of his albatross.  Make no mistake the one thing Andrew Lewis will be remembered for is his role in suspending a Police Chief who's only crime was to investigate decades long child abuse. 


We will be looking at all the key players in the next posting 


Rico Sorda

Part Time Investigative Journalist 

Team Voice 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

THE ANSWERS TO ORAL QUESTION #HEATH #OPERATIONWHISTLE #COI #JERSEY STATES OF JERSEY SEPTEMBER 8TH 2015






STATES OF JERSEY 


SEPTEMBER 8TH  2015


TWO ORAL QUESTIONS ASKED BY DEPUTIES TADIER & HIGGINS 


THE  MINISTERS  IN QUESTION REPLY TO THE ORAL QUESTIONS ASKED IN THE STATES OF JERSEY. 

THE RELEVANT BLOG POSTING CAN BE READ HERE.




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THEY WERE AS FOLLOWS :



  1. 1. 1. Deputy M. Tadier of St. Brelade will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs 

  2. “Could the Minister please inform members how many arrests have been made in relation to Operation Whistle and state whether any allegations have been made against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath which relate to his time in the Island and whether any investigations are taking place in this regard? 



FORMER PRIME MINISTER TED HEATH IN JERSEY


DEPUTY TADIER


4.1 Deputy M. Tadier of St. Brelade of the Minister for Home Affairs regarding arrests made in relation to Operation Whistle:

Can I thank Members and those involved for the accommodation?  Could the Minister please inform Members how many arrests have been made in relation to Operation Whistle and state whether any allegations have been made against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, which relate to his time in the Island and whether any investigations are taking place in this regard

HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER - DEPUTY MOORE

Deputy K.L. Moore of St. Peter (The Minister for Home Affairs):
There have been 4 arrests arising from the Operation Whistle investigation and 2 further voluntary interviews have been conducted with individuals subject to allegations of abuse.  The States of Jersey Police have received one allegation made against the former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath that took place in Jersey.  This is being investigated jointly with the Wiltshire Constabulary, which has been appointed as the lead force.  The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry has been kept apprised of all developments.

4.1.1 Deputy M. Tadier:
Could the Minister give more information about the allegation that has been made in Jersey about the former named Prime Minister and when this was made in particular and whether that resulted ... it is a new allegation since Operation Whistle was set up?

The Deputy of St. Peter:
I am afraid that, as Members will appreciate, this is an operational matter and I do not have operational responsibility for the police and those are merely details that I do not have in my remit, and I am unable to answer that question.

4.1.2 Deputy M. Tadier:
It seems to me that we know that parallel investigations are going on in the U.K. (United Kingdom) and if I understand correctly it was really as a result of those investigations in the U.K. that this Operation Whistle was opened up.  Can the Minister state why the investigation seems to have been relatively low profile if the police should be encouraging members of the public who might have been here at the time to come forward and give evidence, surely the publicity surrounding this case, at least locally, should be of a much more high profile nature?

The Deputy of St. Peter:
I think the operation has been relatively high profile, particularly over the summer, and in response to the publicity that has been nationwide in relation to Operation Hydrant.

4.1.3 Deputy M. Tadier:
Will the Minister confirm again in this public forum, as we have seen, I think, in the U.K. both from the police and perhaps from other individuals that there is an investigation going on.  Anybody who has information about any high or low profile individuals who were in Jersey at the time of Sir Edward Heath and who may have information relating to any of that kind of nefarious activity should come forward and they will be given full support both by the Minister for Home Affairs and the Jersey Police?

The Deputy of St. Peter:
That is entirely the case.  When this unit was established there were initially 6 members of staff placed in the unit.  That staff quickly increased to 8 just to deal with the sheer volume of work that was coming forward.  So Operation Whistle is very much an active piece of work that is being conducted by the States of Jersey Police and every allegation that is brought to them is taken very seriously.END 



The second question was asked by Deputy Higgins. 

The relevant blog posting can be read here:


DEPUTY HIGGINS 


  1. . Deputy M.R. Higgins of St. Helier will ask the following question of the Chief Minister – 

  2. “Will the Chief Minister explain why two officers, appointed to liaise with the Committee of Inquiry for document provision, are present at the majority of hearings and explain how their normal duties are being covered, at what cost, and where the budget has been allocated from, and whether he is aware of any concerns regarding the potential impact of their attendance at hearings?” 


4.4 Deputy M.R. Higgins of the Chief Minister regarding officers appointed to liaise with the Committee of Inquiry for document provision:
Will the Chief Minister explain why 2 officers, appointed to liaise with the Committee of Inquiry for document provision, are present at the majority of hearings and explain how their normal duties are being covered, at what cost, and where the budget has been allocated from, and whether he is aware of any concerns regarding the potential impact of their attendance at hearings?
CHIEF MINISTER IAN GORST 

Senator I.J. Gorst (The Chief Minister):
The 2 officers are working alongside the States lawyers to ensure all the required documents are identified and made available to the Inquiry as soon as possible.  These positions were established to help control the States legal costs for the Care Inquiry.  Previous duties of these officers have been covered by recruitment and service redesign at no additional recurrent cost to the Health and Social Services Department.

4.4.1 Deputy M.R. Higgins:
Yes, the role of the 2 officers, as has just been stated, is to supply the Committee of Inquiry with the documents they require, something which States departments and the Law Officers’ Department appear to be failing to do, according to the chair of the Inquiry.  Should these officers, rather than sitting in the hearing, be going into the departments and getting the documents the Care Inquiry requires?

Senator I.J. Gorst:
They are instructed to deliver documents requested by the Inquiry as soon as possible, and that is my instruction to them.  How they break up their duties is a matter for them.  If it is not working satisfactorily then of course I am pleased to speak to them.

4.4.2 Senator Z.A. Cameron:
Given that these 2 officers were previously employed as managers of that service is it appropriate that they should be employed by the taxpayer in this role?  As a former employee of that service I do find their presence concerning.

Senator I.J. Gorst:
Of course I answered questions on this issue at the time of the change and the service redesign.  If I recollect, certainly one of the officers - I am not sure about the other - was involved in the Historic Redress Scheme and was aware of cases and supported the States lawyers and therefore was ideally suited to be able to help with the sourcing of documents and was aware of those issues.  The Senator has, prior to my vacation, met with me to say that she is concerned, and I need to explore those concerns further.  I know that the officers are aware of not being present in the hearing room if they think it might cause distress or if there are other staff members perhaps who consider themselves to be whistle-blowers, so I think they do handle it carefully but they have to continue to do so.

4.4.3 Deputy M. Tadier:
It follows on.  Is it not the case that these individuals themselves are being put in an invidious position given the fact that they work for the department which is, albeit perhaps in the past, having allegations made of it about the duty of care before the Committee of Inquiry?  Perhaps the Chief Minister is already thinking along those lines, that perhaps in hindsight and perhaps going forward there should be a different set of individuals without any kind of perception of conflict fulfilling that administrative 
role.

4.4.4  Senator I.J. Gorst:
Sadly, in such an inquiry there could be a perception of conflict from any States employee.  I hope they manage that conflict well.  As I said, I have been made aware that there are concerns and I want to consider those further.  But there are reasons why certainly one of those individuals is experienced in this area, and I think that that brings value to the support that the States needs to give to the Inquiry.

4.4.4 Deputy M.R. Higgins:
Is the Chief Minister aware that one of these individuals is the subject of complaint from myself for a modern day cover-up of trying to suppress information getting to an elected Deputy?  Does he think in those circumstances that person should be involved with this Inquiry, which is supposed to be getting to the truth?

Senator I.J. Gorst:
The Inquiry is independent of the States and of States employees but the States have to provide information that the Inquiry requests, where they can, in a timely manner.  I of course would not be aware, and I do not know to whom the Deputy has made the complaint or what form the complaint was in.  If it is appropriate for me to see that complaint and consider it - and I cannot see that it would be - then I would. 
[10:15]
But surely the people to whom the complaint has been made are the ones who should adjudicate upon it if it is within their remit.  If they ask me to take action then I will do so accordingly. END 

The above question has to do with Richard Jouault. This is what I wrote in the above blog link.
RICHARD JOUAULT - RUBBISH AT FINDING "IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS?"


3 August 2015

"The Chair of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Mrs Frances Oldham QC, on Thursday (13/8/15) made the following statement at the end of Phase 1b of Public Hearings:
“During this phase of evidence, the Inquiry has received excellent cooperation from the vast majority of witnesses, who have assisted the work of the Inquiry. 
“However, we have been hampered by the late and non-disclosure of important documents, largely by the various States’ Departments, but also from the Law Officers Department. These include HR records, disciplinary and other investigations, policies, procedures, reports and emails, which have either failed to be disclosed, or have been disclosed after the relevant witness has given their evidence. Over the coming weeks, the Inquiry will review the recent disclosure and any documents which are forthcoming and will consider whether witnesses need to be recalled as a result. 
“Furthermore, in relation to specific disclosure requests that have been outstanding for a number of months, the Inquiry will consider setting a final date for the provision of these documents or written confirmation that the documents do not exist.  Failure to provide documents may lead to adverse inferences being drawn by the Inquiry in its final report.”
Public hearings will resume on Tuesday 8 September with four days of hearings to hear evidence from various members of committees of the States of Jersey.
A detailed timetable will be made available at the beginning of September.
In the meantime the Inquiry team will continue their intense preparation for the next phase of the Inquiry.
Hearings will recommence in earnest the week beginning 12 October with the Panel hearing any outstanding evidence relating to Phase 1b of the Inquiry. They will also hear evidence relating to Phase 2 where they will look at the decisions taken in relation to the timing of the police investigation and prosecutions of alleged abusers."

"The statement by the Chair of the Inquiry is carefully worded in lawyers language but its message seems to be clear enough. States departments and the Law Officers are not co-operating with the Inquiry and appear to be withholding essential documents.What have they to hide? Could it be that more uncomfortable truths have been blatantly buried by the Jersey Establishment? No wonder why Senator Philip Bailhache and his followers wanted to bring the Inquiry to a halt.

In the disciplinary hearing arising from the Warren case the panel made similar criticism saying that Home Affairs and the Law Officers, having commissioned an investigation, had not co-operated with it.

It seems that they would rather be criticised for not co-operating than give the COI the information and documents they are asking for which invites speculation as to just what the documents may contain and why they are so desperate to withhold them?  

Ironic that even in the midst of a Committee of Inquiry investigating cover-ups they engage in further cover-ups right under the noses of the Inquiry and defy anyone to do anything about it. Only this time the world is watching.

Questions now need to be asked of Richard Jouault who's position was solely created at tax payers expense to assist the Jersey Child Abuse Inquiry with obtaining crucial documents from States Departments. 

For some unknown reason Richard Jouault is present almost every day at every hearing of this Inquiry.  Thus far he has failed (according to the care inquiry) to fulfil the one purpose he has been charged to do and that is to obtain documents to assist the inquiry in its work.  One must remember that Richard Jouault is Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Health and Social Services. A department that is under investigation by this inquiry for serious failure, over decades, in the protection of vulnerable children. So, it is reasonable to argue that he is wholly conflicted and shouldn't be allowed in a country mile of this inquiry except for the sole purpose of giving evidence.  Another legitimate question to ask, due to the apparent conflict of Mr Jouault, is it he who is hampering the production of these crucial documents. 

Is it better to be criticised for not handing over crucial/critical documents than allowing the truth to be revealed. 

If you have nothing to Fear then you have nothing to Hide.

The States of Jersey have asked for this Child Abuse Inquiry and a pattern seems to be developing as in where the BARTON REPORT  States Departments refuses to co-operate with said inquiry they themselves have asked for."

Rico Sorda

Part Time Investigative Journalist 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

ORAL QUESTIONS FOR 8TH SEPTEMBER 2015 - STATES OF JERSEY - COI & TED HEATH






STATES OF JERSEY


SEPTEMBER 8TH 2015


TWO ORAL QUESTIONS LODGED BY DEPUTY TADIER & DEPUTY HIGGINS


It must be noted that having looked at the order paper for the coming tuesdays states debate the question really must be asked to the many states members who simply can't be bothered to lodge anything. It goes without saying that this is the weakest most lacklustre bunch of politicians to probably ever be elected to the States of Jersey.  They are a disgrace. Not ALL. But a good 90% of the 49 we have in there.

Lets not forget that 26 politicians, elected to represent us, couldn't even be bothered to wait for the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel in giving the go ahead for building on a toxic dump that doubles as the Esplanade car park. These postings can be read here.







Here is the Oral question lodged by Deputy Tadier:  

  1. 1. Deputy M. Tadier of St. Brelade will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs 

  2. “Could the Minister please inform members how many arrests have been made in relation to Operation Whistle and state whether any allegations have been made against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath which relate to his time in the Island and whether any investigations are taking place in this regard? 

 Voiceforchildren posted a blog about the Ted Heath Jersey connection that can be read here:

  1. http://voiceforchildren.blogspot.com/2015/08/ted-heath-might-be-headline-but-he-is.html

"On November 10th 2008 Jersey’s Chief Police Officer, Graham Power QPM, was (possibly illegally) suspended from duty by the then Home Affairs Minister (above) discredited and disgraced ANDREW LEWIS.

He was suspended under very dubious circumstances where the official version of events that led to his suspension did not, does not, stand up to scrutiny so he had to be suspended again with an official line that (for the Establishment) would look a little more credible to the gullible public.

The former Chief of Police, it should be mentioned, was (illegally?) suspended from duty during the biggest Child Abuse Investigation (Operation Rectangle) this island has ever seen, or is likely to see.

A matter of weeks after (illegally?) suspending the Chief Officer, Andrew Lewis stepped away from political life and didn’t stand for re-election until 2014 where he was re-elected as a Deputy in St Helier District 3/4. The equally disgraced (former Magistrate) Ian Le Marquand was elected as Senator and took over the role as Home Affairs Minister where he too dubiously suspended Mr. Power with a story that was little more credible than that of Andrew Lewis' but did not, does not, stand up to scrutiny either.

The now (or then) Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand claimed he was going to bring Chief Officer Power to a disciplinary hearing and employed (at huge expense) an outside police force to gather the evidence against Mr. Power. That UK Police Force was The Wiltshire Constabulary.


Wiltshire’s alleged “investigation” (Operation Haven 1) subsequently went on to miss just about every deadline it was set, went way over budget, and didn’t bring a single disciplinary charge against Mr. Power. But that didn’t matter, its job was done. Wiltshire were able to give the Home Affairs Minister some unproven, untested allegations against Mr. Power (the prosecution case) to which Mr. Le Marquand duly (possibly illegally) published, with the help of the State Media. Neither he, nor the local State Media, who are all in possession of Mr. Power's defence case, to this day, have published/broadcast a SINGLE WORD OF IT."





  1. 1. Deputy M.R. Higgins of St. Helier will ask the following question of the Chief Minister – 

  2. “Will the Chief Minister explain why two officers, appointed to liaise with the Committee of Inquiry for document provision, are present at the majority of hearings and explain how their normal duties are being covered, at what cost, and where the budget has been allocated from, and whether he is aware of any concerns regarding the potential impact of their attendance at hearings?” 

Deputy Higgins has lodged the above  Oral question which relates to the below posting:


3 August 2015

"The Chair of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Mrs Frances Oldham QC, on Thursday (13/8/15) made the following statement at the end of Phase 1b of Public Hearings:
“During this phase of evidence, the Inquiry has received excellent cooperation from the vast majority of witnesses, who have assisted the work of the Inquiry. 
“However, we have been hampered by the late and non-disclosure of important documents, largely by the various States’ Departments, but also from the Law Officers Department. These include HR records, disciplinary and other investigations, policies, procedures, reports and emails, which have either failed to be disclosed, or have been disclosed after the relevant witness has given their evidence. Over the coming weeks, the Inquiry will review the recent disclosure and any documents which are forthcoming and will consider whether witnesses need to be recalled as a result. 
“Furthermore, in relation to specific disclosure requests that have been outstanding for a number of months, the Inquiry will consider setting a final date for the provision of these documents or written confirmation that the documents do not exist.  Failure to provide documents may lead to adverse inferences being drawn by the Inquiry in its final report.”
Public hearings will resume on Tuesday 8 September with four days of hearings to hear evidence from various members of committees of the States of Jersey.
A detailed timetable will be made available at the beginning of September.
In the meantime the Inquiry team will continue their intense preparation for the next phase of the Inquiry.
Hearings will recommence in earnest the week beginning 12 October with the Panel hearing any outstanding evidence relating to Phase 1b of the Inquiry. They will also hear evidence relating to Phase 2 where they will look at the decisions taken in relation to the timing of the police investigation and prosecutions of alleged abusers."

The statement by the Chair of the Inquiry is carefully worded in lawyers language but its message seems to be clear enough. States departments and the Law Officers are not co-operating with the Inquiry and appear to be withholding essential documents.What have they to hide? Could it be that more uncomfortable truths have been blatantly buried by the Jersey Establishment? No wonder why Senator Philip Bailhache and his followers wanted to bring the Inquiry to a halt.

In the disciplinary hearing arising from the Warren case the panel made similar criticism saying that Home Affairs and the Law Officers, having commissioned an investigation, had not co-operated with it.

It seems that they would rather be criticised for not co-operating than give the COI the information and documents they are asking for which invites speculation as to just what the documents may contain and why they are so desperate to withhold them?  

Ironic that even in the midst of a Committee of Inquiry investigating cover-ups they engage in further cover-ups right under the noses of the Inquiry and defy anyone to do anything about it. Only this time the world is watching.

Questions now need to be asked of Richard Jouault who's position was solely created at tax payers expense to assist the Jersey Child Abuse Inquiry with obtaining crucial documents from States Departments."

Rico Sorda

Part Time Investigative Journalist