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US News Grenfell survivors demand criminal prosecutions

02:20  27 february  2020
02:20  27 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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🚨 Grenfell Inquiry Breaking News🚨Sir Martin Moore-Bick will write to the Attorney General to recommend that he puts in place undertaking that nothing said by witnesses at inquiry can be used to further future criminal proceedings against them.

Survivors of the Grenfell fire have said the feel “let down” by the advice they were given by firefighters on the night of the blaze and called for senior officers to be prosecuted after the first report of the inquiry revealed shortcomings on behalf of the fire service.

Grenfell survivors have said they will "not settle for anything less" than criminal prosecutions over the fire which killed 72 people.

It comes after the attorney general guaranteed that anything said by witnesses to the public inquiry will not be used to prosecute them over the disaster.

Suella Braverman wrote to Grenfell Tower Inquiry chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick, confirming that she had accepted the request from staff involved in refurbishing the high-rise block with flammable materials.

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Grenfell survivors and the bereaved expressed frustration at Scotland Yard after they admitted no charges The director of public prosecutions and the Health and Safety Executive, which prosecutes some of Firms demand assurances their testimony will not be used against them in a criminal case.

The chairman of the Grenfell Tower inquiry is to seek assurances from the government that any evidence provided by employees of the cladding firms won't be used against them in further criminal prosecutions prompting anger online. Sir Martin Moore-Bick has written to the Geoffrey Cox QC - the

a tower that has a sign on the side of a building: The Grenfell inquiry will resume next week © Other The Grenfell inquiry will resume next week

Without the guarantee, many corporate witnesses had threatened to stay silent by claiming the legal right of privilege against self-incrimination.

Survivors and victims group Grenfell United said the ruling marked a "sad day" and that "truth at the inquiry must not come at the expense of justice and prosecutions".

They added: "Grenfell was a tragedy but it was not an accident.

"The people responsible for knowingly encasing our families in a death trap and the people that allowed them to do it must face the full force of the law.

"We expect criminal prosecutions at the end of this and will not settle for anything less."

a person holding a sign: Survivors of the tragedy are demanding criminal prosecutions © Imagebridge Survivors of the tragedy are demanding criminal prosecutions

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said firefighters who gave evidence in the inquiry would be "appalled" that the undertaking had been provided.

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Mr Wrack said in a statement: "It seems there is one rule for them and another for those doing the bidding of the profiteers who turned Grenfell into a death trap.

"The truth must now come out - and those responsible must be finally held to account."

Lawyers from firms including the main contractor and architects involved in revamping the 24-storey tower in west London submitted the last-minute bid for the pledge when the inquiry reopened in January.

Ms Braverman's office said the attorney general "had concluded that the undertaking is needed to enable the inquiry to continue to hear vital evidence about the circumstances and causes of the fire. Without it she has concluded that some witnesses would be likely to decline to give evidence".

a person in a blue shirt and smiling at the camera: Suella Braverman has accepted a request from staff involved in refurbishing the high-rise block © Rex Features Suella Braverman has accepted a request from staff involved in refurbishing the high-rise block

The proposed undertaking will cover oral evidence from individual witnesses only.

It does not mean companies or individuals cannot be prosecuted.

Evidence given to the inquiry in written statements or documents can be used against them in any future prosecution, the attorney general's office said.

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