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UK police drops probe into rape claims against royal

Saeed Pourreza
Press TV, London

No further action against a British royal facing rape and sexual assault allegations, says the statement released by the metropolitan police.

Those allegations came from now 38 Virginia Giuffre, who claimed Andrew’s now dead pedophile friend, Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked her to London for the prince to have sex with her when she was 17.

The Duke of York has strongly denied any wrongdoing all along.

In March last year, British police came under fire for refusing to release details about the Prince’s bodyguards' movements on the night he allegedly assaulted Giuffre.

And only two months ago, the Met chief, Cressida Dick who’s faced calls to resign over the high-profile murder of a young women, Sarah Everard by a serving officer earlier this year, said everyone was answerable to the law.

The Met has said it will continue to work with other law enforcement agencies on the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein. No mentioning of Prince Andrew.

What rights groups are now saying is that by putting this individual case aside, the met had risked seriously undermining a wider issue, and that is women’s confidence, yet again, in the police force.

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