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UK prosecutors reverse stance after uproar, will prosecute ex-politician on child sex charges

FILE - This is a bSept. 10, 1996 file photo of  British politician Greville Janner.  British prosecutors have reversed their position and say they will charge a former lawmaker  Greville Janner who now has severe dementia with sex crimes against children. The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday June 29, 2015, that a "trial of the facts" would be held for 86-year-old Greville Janner. (Sean Dempsey/PA via AP)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT

FILE - This is a bSept. 10, 1996 file photo of British politician Greville Janner. British prosecutors have reversed their position and say they will charge a former lawmaker Greville Janner who now has severe dementia with sex crimes against children. The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday June 29, 2015, that a "trial of the facts" would be held for 86-year-old Greville Janner. (Sean Dempsey/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

British prosecutors have reversed their position and say they will charge a former lawmaker who now has severe dementia with sex crimes against children.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that a "trial of the facts" would be held for 86-year-old Greville Janner.

Police and child abuse victims expressed outrage when prosecutors announced in April that they would not charge Janner over alleged offenses against boys, even though there was enough evidence to prosecute. Prosecutors said his dementia meant he was not fit to stand trial.

But after his alleged victims complained, prosecutors decided "it was in the public interest to bring proceedings before the court."

Janner was a Labour Party lawmaker from 1970-97, later serving in the House of Lords. His family says he is innocent.