Met Police to assist US cops looking at Duke of York's Epstein links

Scotland Yard is willing to assist US authorities investigating Prince Andrew’s links to paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein ‘at any stage’, Cressida Dick says

  • Scotland Yard could assist US authorities over Prince Andrew investigation
  • Cressida Dick said focus was ‘clearly’ in America but could help ‘at any stage’
  • Duke of York faced questions over his links to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell 

The chief of the Metropolitan Police has offered to assist US authorities with their investigation into Prince Andrew’s ties to disgrace paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.      

Dame Cressida Dick said that while the focus of the investigation was ‘clearly’ in America, she added the Met would assist US authorities should it be required ‘at any stage’.

During a wide-ranging interview with Channel 4 News, the Commissioner was asked about the Duke of York’s alleged involvement in the ongoing Maxwell case.

‘The locus and focus of any investigation in relation to Jeffrey Epstein for example is clearly in America,’ she said.

The chief of the Metropolitan Police has offered to assist US authorities with their investigation into Prince Andrew’s ties to disgrace paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

‘If the Americans need our assistance at any stage, then we will give them that.’

Federal prosecutors have reportedly been stonewalled in their requests for Prince Andrew’s cooperation in the case, but the Duke’s legal team says assistance was offered three times prior to allegations of ‘zero cooperation’.

If the Duke fails to respond voluntarily to requests he could be called to a UK court to answer questions in what is known as a mutual legal assistance request, according to the Daily Telegraph. 

Epstein died in an apparent suicide last August before he was due to face trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. 

His confidante and reported lover Ghislaine Maxwell is in custody at New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center, charged with enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury, during her time with the billionaire.

Dame Cressida Dick said that while the focus of the investigation was ‘clearly’ in America, she added the Met would assist US authorities should it be required ‘at any stage’

She denies any wrongdoing. 

One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre-Roberts, who claims she was trafficked by the financier and Maxwell, alleges Andrew had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.

The duke categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre. 

In a statement last year, before Ms Maxwell’s arrest, Commander Alex Murray said the Met was not the appropriate authority to look into the case because the allegations of human trafficking had taken place outside the UK.

The statement said: ‘Following the legal advice, it was clear that any investigation into human trafficking would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the UK.

Epstein died in an apparent suicide last August before he was due to face trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. His confidante and reported lover Ghislaine Maxwell is in custody at New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center, charged with enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury, during her time with the billionaire

‘We therefore concluded that the MPS was not the appropriate authority to conduct enquiries in these circumstances and, in November 2016, a decision was made that this matter would not proceed to a full criminal investigation.

‘In August 2019, following the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the MPS re- viewed the decision-making and our position remains unchanged.’

The interview with Dame Cressida was due to be aired at 7pm on Channel 4.

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