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Ex-lawmaker suffering from dementia fails to appear in court to face charges despite order

  • Greville Janner is driven into Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Lord Janner had been ordered to face a "trial of the facts" to be held before a judge and jury. Janner, who has dementia, was ordered to attend in person over 22 alleged child sex offences he is accused of committing in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. At a previous hearing on August 7 his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he was too ill to appear.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Greville Janner is driven into Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Lord Janner had been ordered to face a "trial of the facts" to be held before a judge and jury. Janner, who has dementia, was ordered to attend in person over 22 alleged child sex offences he is accused of committing in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. At a previous hearing on August 7 his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he was too ill to appear.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greville Janner, left, is driven from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, with unidentified person at right. Lord Janner had been ordered to face a "trial of the facts" to be held before a judge and jury. Janner, who has dementia, was ordered to attend in person over 22 alleged child sex offences he is accused of committing in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. At a previous hearing on August 7 his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he was too ill to appear. (Anthony Devlin  / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Greville Janner, left, is driven from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, with unidentified person at right. Lord Janner had been ordered to face a "trial of the facts" to be held before a judge and jury. Janner, who has dementia, was ordered to attend in person over 22 alleged child sex offences he is accused of committing in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. At a previous hearing on August 7 his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he was too ill to appear. (Anthony Devlin / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • Greville Janner is driven from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, after being ordered to face a "trial of the facts" to be held before a judge and jury.  Lord Janner, who has dementia, was ordered to attend in person over 22 alleged child sex offences he is accused of committing in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, after his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he was too ill to appear, during a previous hearing on August 7. (Anthony Devlin  / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Greville Janner is driven from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, after being ordered to face a "trial of the facts" to be held before a judge and jury. Lord Janner, who has dementia, was ordered to attend in person over 22 alleged child sex offences he is accused of committing in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, after his lawyers unsuccessfully argued he was too ill to appear, during a previous hearing on August 7. (Anthony Devlin / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

A former lawmaker who now has severe dementia has failed to appear in court to face charges of sex crimes against children.

Greville Janner did not attend a hearing Friday at Westminster Magistrates' Court, despite being ordered to do so to face a "trial of the facts" to be held before a judge and jury. Janner's attorney, Paul Ozin, says he would be applying for Janner to appear via video link.

Prosecutors originally said they would not charge Janner over alleged offenses against boys several decades ago because his Alzheimer's meant he was not fit to stand trial. After victims expressed outrage, the decision was reversed.

Janner was a Labour Party lawmaker from 1970-97 and later served in the House of Lords. He is accused of 22 offenses.