BRITAIN’S new chief prosecutor signalled an end to the CPS’s witch-hunt culture yesterday.
Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC said it was not up to the CPS to secure convictions in every case presented by police.
CROWN COPYRIGHT/design 102 Max Hill has said it’s not up to CPS to secure convictions in every single case presented by the police[/caption]
He added: “The CPS does not decide guilt or innocence — that is rightly reserved for the courts.’’
His comments follow a drop in confidence in the criminal justice system after several men were wrongly charged with rape when police and prosecutors failed to disclose evidence proving their innocence.
Under ex-DPP Alison Saunders, the CPS also presided over the politically-motivated pursuit of journalists who were cleared in court.
And state prosecutors gave early stage advice in the persecution of establishment grandees like D-Day hero Lord Bramall, who was wrongly accused of child sexual abuse.
PA:Press Association D-Day hero Lord Bramall was wrongly accused of child sex abuse[/caption]
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The CPS is beefing up its extradition units and expanding teams overseas in case Britain crashes out of the EU in March.
Mr Hill said: “The CPS does significant work overseas and I am committed to continuing, and strengthening, that work.
“This is particularly important in the context of Brexit.”
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