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Crown Prosecution Service denies Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith’s claims of a ‘cover up going right to the top’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2018

Iain Duncan Smith addresses the Conservative spring forum at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Cardiff. Photo: David Jones

Iain Duncan Smith addresses the Conservative spring forum at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Cardiff. Photo: David Jones

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has stressed it “entirely refutes” allegations made by Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith in Parliament that one of his constituents had been the victim of a supposed cover up.

Iain Duncan Smith addresses the Conservative spring forum at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Cardiff. Photo: David JonesIain Duncan Smith addresses the Conservative spring forum at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Cardiff. Photo: David Jones

The MP claims that that one of his constituents, referred to only as “Mr Samuel,” is victim to a conspiracy orchestrated by the CPS.

He alleges that his constituent was acquitted of common assault in 2009, “following an unsuccessful prosecution centred on a fabricated witness statement by the police.”

While speaking at justice questions in the House of Commons on Tuesday (January 23), Mr Duncan Smith stated that his constituents attempts to seek redress through the courts had been entirely unsuccessful.

A CPS spokesman said: “The CPS entirely refutes any allegations of corruption or cover up in this case. There is no evidence to support such allegations.

“Mr Samuel’s claim of malicious prosecution has already been considered by the courts and was struck out by a County Court judge because he ‘failed to demonstrate reasonable grounds for bringing the action against the CPS’, and certainly none that would demonstrate a real prospect of success.

“Other, related legal challenges have been found to be an abuse of the process of the court, wholly without merit and as disclosing no reasonable grounds for appeal.”

Mr Duncan Smith was appealing to the newly appointment Justice Secretary David Gauke to meet as soon as possible to discuss the “real issues” concerning the case.

Mr Gauke responded by saying that he would be happy to meet with Mr Duncan Smith to discuss the case.

But added: “I am not in a position to comment on that particular case, but I am of course willing to engage with him.”

The Justice Secretary has featured heavily in the national press this month after deciding not to pursue a judicial review of the parole boards’ decision to release convicted rapist John Worboys from prison less than 10 years after being jailed.

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