Over the weekend my intrepid colleague, Mark Conrad, broke a very detailed story on Exaro News and in The People, about a pornographic child abuse video seized by the customs way back in 1982. You can read the full story on both sites.
The customs officer, Maganlal Solanki, then handed over the tape to senior managers at Customs and Excise. They took over the case. took no further action, and are understood to have passed the video cassette to the Security Service, MI5. No one was prosecuted.
The officer says a prominent Tory Cabinet minister was on that tape but he is still too scared to discuss what he is doing and there still seems an attempt to gag him.
Again like the scandal at Elm Guest House, the failure to pursue paedophile Sir Cyril Smith, and what is being revealed about the scale of sexual abuse in a Durham detention centre, the police and the security services and special branch( who certainly knew about Smith) have questions to answer.
Why is it taking 40 years for the police to review cases ? It begs the question of whether it will be covered up yet again. Or have people destroyed all the evidence?
Given such a video would have provided prima facie evidence for any prosecution why was nothing done about it and why was the person who brought it into Britain at Dover allowed to go on his way?
The more we look into this murky area, the more unanswered questions there are and the nastier the cover up.