Federal prosecutors in New York have formally requested through the British Government access to Prince Andrew as part of their ongoing criminal investigation into the abuses and sex trafficking of Jeffrey Epstein, according to NBC News.
The request was made under an MLAT, otherwise known as a Mutual Legal Assurance Treaty. It’s not quite a subpoena, but it is what the British Government describes as ‘a method of cooperation between states for obtaining assistance in the investigation or prosecution of criminal offenses. MLA is generally used for obtaining material that cannot be obtained on a police cooperation basis, particularly inquiries that require coercive means.’ According to NBC, using an MLAT is rare in cases like this but they felt it was required to ensure ‘the investigation is as thorough as possible.’ So yeah, try getting out of THAT one, Andy.
Prince Andrew, who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct involving a then-17-year-old who says she was coerced into having sex with the Prince by Epstein’s fixer Virginia Giuffre, has said before that he would be willing to co-operate on any investigation. Funnily enough, he hasn’t. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman even noted that way back in March when he said that Andy had ‘now completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation.’
The Duke of York infamously said that he didn’t regret being friends with a literal sex offender and pedophile because being BFFs with the owner of the Lolita Express opened up lots of nice business opportunities for him. He also claimed that he could not have sexually assaulted anyone because he was at Pizza Express on the day he was seen in a photograph with the 17-year-old who accused him. Also he can’t sweat or something.
While the royals do not have diplomatic immunity, they may be able to claim sovereign immunity, but Andrew can’t. He’s not the monarch. Criminal proceedings are still prohibited from being brought against Her Majesty’s Government unless expressly permitted by the Crown Proceedings Act, but this is an American case and they have all but subpoenaed Andrew into co-operating. Andrew is not immune from arrest. However, apparently, no arrests can be made ‘in the monarch’s presence’ or within the ‘verges’ of a royal palace, so I assume Andrew is going to be spending a lot more time with mummy from now on.
Death to the monarchy.
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