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‘Sexual harassment case’ against Lord Mountbatten in Ireland

Belfast: A sexual harassment case against Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Viceroy of India.

Arthur Smyth has filed a lawsuit in Northern Ireland, alleging that Lord Mountbatten sexually abused him when he was 11 years old. The alleged abuse occurred two years before Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by an IRA bomb in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, in 1979.

Arthur is accused of negligence and lack of attention during his time at the children’s home in North Road, Kincora. He has filed a lawsuit against Lord Mountbatten and several northern organisations. This is the first time such allegations have been made against Lord Mountbatten in court.

Arthur Smith now lives in Australia. He told the Sunday Life newspaper that Lord Mountbatten had abused him in 1977, but it wasn’t until two years after the Lord’s death that he was able to identify his abuser through news reports.

Because allegations about the children’s home, which arose in the early 1970s, were not adequately investigated, the police are also involved in the legal process.

Lawyers for Arthur Smyth accuse the Business Services Organisation, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, the UK Secretary of State, the PSNI Chief Constable, and the Department of Health of failure and neglect.

Amnesty International rated Kincora as one of the biggest child abuse centres of the period, noting that in the 1970s, MI5 blocked various police investigations related to the protection of intelligence operations. The establishment was then run by a Protestant paramilitary organisation in East Belfast.

For decades, allegations have persisted that MI5 ran a paedophilia ring involving Kincora children in order to blackmail politicians and establishment figures.

Three senior Kincora staff members were imprisoned in 1981 for sexually abusing 11 boys. Many children were suspected of sexual exploitation from the 1960s to the 1980s.

In addition, two former military intelligence officers accused the security services of obstructing police investigations into child abuse.

Kevin Winters, of KRW’s Historic Abuse Redress Department, supports Arthur’s decision to come forward at this time. ‘Many victims of abuse prefer to remain anonymous. Arthur’s decision to reveal his identity, on the other hand, is admirable. He stated that this case was taken up not to intentionally harm anyone, but to expose the perpetrators as well as the institutions and other organisations that conspired to suppress the truth.

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