Olinga Tahzib appears in preliminary hearing in new investigation in Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Olinga Tahzib today appeared as junior counsel to the Inquiry at the first preliminary hearing in the latest investigation launched by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: the investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings.
The new investigation, launched in May 2019, is thematic in nature and will review the current child protection policies, practices and procedures in religious institutions in England and Wales. Religions falling under its remit include non-conformist Christian denominations, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. The new investigation, in which a two week public hearing is set to take place from 16 March 2020, is separate from the investigations into the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches.
Today’s hearing, which was attended by some 19 core participants, involved counsel to the Inquiry setting out the issues under consideration in the investigation, reporting on progress to date in making Rule 9 requests for witness evidence and setting out plans for the coming months. The Chair and Panel were also required to consider a number of renewed applications for core participant status.
Barristers: Olinga Tahzib