Awkward. Butler-Sloss once said leaders have “sovereign” right to immunity and anonymity
I’ve already written about the unsuitability of putting Lady Butler-Sloss in charge of the official inquiry into child abuse by VIPs – not least because she would have to investigate her own brother.
But here’s an even more compelling reason she must stand down.
Unbelievably, Butler-Sloss has stated that she thinks heads of states and leaders have the right to immunity from court action.
She has also said that she thinks heads of states and leaders should have the right to remain anonymous during court cases.
In 2004, Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss – then president of the high court’s family division – assigned a false name to a case launched in the English courts to protect King Fahd of Saudi Arabia:
The reason she gave for her bizarre actions was because she said the king was entitled to “sovereign immunity“.
She also ruled that the king – or indeed any head of state – was entitled to anonymity:
“Once the press are aware of this they will dig a great deal deeper and there will be a great deal of information which they will be able to put into the public domain.“
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