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IICSA announces timetable for hearings on Peter Ball

IICSA has published this timetable for next week’s public hearings, 23 to 27 July (from 10 am daily).

Former archbishop, Lord Carey, is due to appear on Tuesday.

As during the previous hearings, TA will try to provide daily links to the transcripts and to some of the key documents.

The Guardian has this news story: Prince Charles to give evidence on bishop to child abuse inquiry.

The BBC has this: Prince Charles to give evidence at Peter Ball abuse inquiry.

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The Times today claims to have seen Prince Charles’s statement:

‘The prince said Ball told him that he had been involved in an “indiscretion” and that an individual with a grudge had been “persecuting” him. The prince added: “I was certainly not aware at the time of the significance or impact of the caution… Whilst I note that Peter Ball mentioned the word in a letter to me in October 2009, I was not aware until recently that a caution in fact carries an acceptance of guilt.’

Janet Fife
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Janet Fife

I’m pretty sure it was reported at the time that a caution meant Ball had accepted guilt. And Prince Charles has access to expert advice, I’d be surprised if he wasn’t advised of the significance. All the same, I knew Ball when he was Bishop of Lewes, and he did have the most extraordinary charisma. He seemed to exert a spell over people and held the whole district in the palm of his hand. He was an expert groomer, not only of young men but of entire communities. He would have done his damnedest to cultivate someone as powerful and… Read more »

Simon Bravery
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Simon Bravery

The statement from Clarence House seems to imply that the Prince of Wales thought Peter Ball was innocent even after he had been cautioned. As Janet said, surely some one should have explained the significance of a caution to him.

Susi Liles
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Susi Liles

It is ludicrous for Prince Charles not to understand the significance of the caution as he has every access to advice

Richard W. Symonds
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Will the IICSA be asking William Nye to attend its hearing next week?

Anthony Archer
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Anthony Archer

There is much about this case which is deeply concerning, not least the fact common to many of these cases that because those who knew did nothing, further abuse was not prevented. However, there are other issues. It is not entirely clear from the Gibb report who knew what and when in the early years when concerns were first expressed. The Norwich Crown Appointments Commission were clearly not going to be hoodwinked some years earlier. However, the Gloucester Crown Appointments Commission almost certainly was. Why was this person translated to Gloucester? What did the references say? Of course we will… Read more »