French ministers seek probe into late accused USA pedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2019

The US Attorney General has strongly criticised the NY prison facility where the accused sex attacker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead this weekend, after apparently taking his own life. "Any co-conspirators should not rest easy", Barr, the top USA law enforcement official, said during a speech at an event in New Orleans on Monday.

Barr, who was speaking to the National Fraternal Order of Police in New Orleans, has come under increasing pressure to explain seeming lapses in jail protocol around Epstein's death.

According to CBS News, Epstein was put on suicide watch after the reported injuries "as a precautionary measure".

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams expressed outrage at the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death, stating during the annual Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan that "something is really troubling about that, c and I think it needs to be investigated extremely and very thoroughly to make sure there wasn't any foul play".

Barr went on: "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability".

The lawmakers said they did not want to wait for the outcome of the Justice Department investigations before receiving their own information.

In 2008, Epstein received a widely criticised plea deal in Florida and served a year in prison on strikingly lenient terms.

Epstein, 66, was denied bail and faced up to 45 years in prison on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial. Alex Acosta, Trump's labor secretary, resigned over the matter, having been the U.S. attorney in Miami when the controversial plea deal was brokered a decade ago.

Epstein, a well-connected money manager dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused girls and young women, was found hanging by his neck, according to a source who was not authorized to speak publicly.

A private pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, observed the autopsy at the request of Epstein's lawyers.

Epstein's death cut short a prosecution that could have pulled back the curtain on his activities and his connections to celebrities and presidents, though Barr vowed Monday that the case will continue "against anyone who was complicit with Epstein".

The FBI and the Department of Justice's Inspector General opened investigations into his suicide while he was in federal custody.

Epstein's removal from suicide watch would have been approved by both the warden of the jail and the facility's chief psychologist, said Jack Donson, a former prison official who worked for the Bureau of Prisons for more than two decades.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth-straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime. Mr Epstein was reportedly left alone early Saturday after his cellmate was transferred.

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