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No cover-up, no corruption, no routine abuse: Wass inquiry dismisses claims that ‘grossly and unfairly’ tainted St Helena

Allegations of corruption and of child abuse being covered up on St Helena and Ascension Island have been searingly dismissed at the end of a 13-month inquiry. Sasha Wass QC and her inquiry team found no justification for “lurid” headlines … Continue reading

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‘No credible evidence’ as whistle-blowers are cleared again

Experts have dismissed serious criticisms of the whistle-blowers who triggered investigations into sex abuse on St Helena. Their professional body in London has declared there was “no credible evidence” that the two social workers were unfit to practise. The finding renews questions … Continue reading

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MP voices concerns as police investigate their accusers

A “proper review” should be held into the way St Helena Police were allowed to investigate two social workers who had made whistle-blowing claims against them, a UK Member of Parliament has said. St Helena Government has denied that there … Continue reading

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After a ‘terrifying’ year, whistle-blower talks of retribution

Martin Warsama is angry and he’s talking revenge. It was “terrifying”, he says, to find himself being investigated by the very police force he’d accused of corruption and covering up sex abuse on St Helena. “It’s been absolutely horrible. It’s … Continue reading

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Criminal investigation clears sex abuse whistle-blowers

An eight-month criminal investigation has failed to find evidence to justify a prosecution of former St Helena Government staff, including the social workers who raised the alarm about sex abuse on the island. Frank Wastell, who stood down as Attorney General … Continue reading

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Stunning island images – but not quite the whole picture

Some truly stunning pictures accompany a travel article urging tourists to seize a last chance to make the “iconic” voyage to Jamestown on the RMS St Helena. One panorama, looking across Bamboo Hedge to Lot and Lot’s Wife, presents an … Continue reading

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Judge offers comfort over tales of power and abuse – but says No to London jobs hearing for whistle-blowers

A judge has spoken of “disturbing” claims made about sex abuse on St Helena and the way the island is governed – after ruling he could not hear a case brought by social workers. Claire Gannon and Martin Warsama claimed … Continue reading

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‘Horror’ of child sex going unchecked – social workers’ claims

Claire Gannon and Martin Warsama told of “the sheer horror” of finding widespread child abuse on St Helena, in sworn legal documents submitted to their employment tribunal pre-hearing. And they spoke of the stress of trying to work in what … Continue reading

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New safeguarding boss promises action and support for victims

A new Safeguarding body on St Helena is already reported to be bringing new concerns to light, two months after it was set up to protect people from abuse and violence. A specialist detective now works solely on sex and domestic … Continue reading

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Incest and violence ‘not uncommon’ says 1990s governor

Problems with sex abuse and domestic violence on St Helena were acknowledged in print by a former governor more than a decade before the issue became an international scandal. David Smallman’s brief mention of the issue shows action was being … Continue reading

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