Tag Archives: Wass Inquiry

Alleged illegal sterilisation of mother shocks inquiry team

A mother is alleged to have been illegally sterilised while giving birth at Jamestown Hospital, the Wass Inquiry reveals. It says she was delivering her child by Caesarean section when she was sterilised “without her prior knowledge or consent” by … Continue reading

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Charity chief rejects criticism of report that sparked scandal

Experts at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation have expressed surprise at the Wass Inquiry’s finding that sex abuse on St Helena is very limited. “It is typically the case that… reported cases are but the tip of the iceberg,” says the abuse … Continue reading

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Island’s accuser ‘should never have been given job’

Claire Gannon should never have been employed to run St Helena’s badly neglected social services department, the Wass Inquiry has found. When the job went badly wrong she went to the media with allegations of corruption and widespread abuse. The … Continue reading

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Democracy on St Helena: councillors opposed prison move – so ‘Enforcer’ Capes sacked them

The man brought in to rule St Helena was known as “The Enforcer”, he told the Wass Inquiry. And when councillors opposed plans to move the island’s prison, Mark Capes lived up to his nickname: he removed the whole council. … Continue reading

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Police whistle-blower ‘deserves apology’ after being forced out

St Helena Government acted to “remove” a police officer after he blew the whistle on  “potential wrongdoing” – before his claims had even been investigated. The Wass report says he acted honourably and should receive a written apology, “preferably from Governor … Continue reading

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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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34 reports on island abuse in only 14 years. ‘UK neglected St Helena’, says Capes

Thirty four separate reports had been written about child abuse on St Helena and Ascension Island before scandal erupted in the UK media – but their findings were “lost or forgotten”. Mark Capes is reported to have told investigators that … Continue reading

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