UK domestic intelligence service MI5 was told prosecutors lied to journalists about their decision not to press charges against late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, but took no action as its role was “to defend the realm,” the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has heard.
On October 9, the first day of hearings investigating historical allegations involving council homes and schools in Rochdale, lead counsel Brian Altman QC said the inquiry had contacted MI5 to ask for any information it had Smith.
The agency had provided documents showing it had been informed about “false representations to the press” by the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) office.
”The documents show the security service’s legal adviser was informed of the false representations to the press from the DPP’s office. However, given their function was to defend the realm, and investigation was outside their remit, they simply filed the information related to the false representations made to the press,” Altman said.