The British Home Secretary announced that police are investigating allegations of child abuse and a possible homicide cover-up in a pedophile ring linked to members of Parliament in the 1980s.
According to the Daily Telegraph
, 40 detectives are looking into claims by a man who said he had been victimized at parties in the 1980s.
The alleged victim said he witnessed three boys being killed, including one allegedly strangled by a Conservative MP during a sex game.
The investigation also involves a case regarding the 1981 death of 8-year-old Vishal Mehrotra, who was taken near a notorious guest house and later found dead.
Mehrotra's father gave the police evidence at the time that he may have been taken to the guest house but said police refused to investigate the allegation implicating "judges and politicians." Mehrotra said it was a huge "cover-up."
Meanwhile, two former newspaper editors at the time have come forward alleging that security services served them with warnings not to publish information relating to people in positions of power who were involved in child sex abuse, another British newspaper, the Observer
Several newspapers had been served with "D-notices," or legal orders preventing them from publishing stories about politicians who were child abusers in the 1980s.
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said the recent revelations that the politicians allegedly murdered and raped young boys
is "only the tip of the iceberg," according to the Telegraph.
"How was it that in the past, but continuing today, the very institutions of the state that should be protecting children were not doing so?" May said, according to the Telegraph.
"Why was it that these abuses were able to take place and that nobody was brought to justice as a result of that. We must as a society, I believe, get to the truth of that and because I think what we're seeing is frankly — what we've already seen revealed — is only the tip of the iceberg on this issue."
Bernard Hogan-Howe, commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, said the force was taking the allegations "seriously," according to the Telegraph.
"There are a series of claims over quite a long period of time and not all of them are linked, although in the public's imagination they might be," Hogan-Howe said.
"We have now had more recently this discussion or these claims about murder and, of course, that makes it even more serious."
The allegations of a cover-up included the "extra complication" of involving "people in power," he said.
"I am determined we will get to the bottom of this, so we are talking to the witnesses and all the people who have got information," Hogan-Howe added.
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