FORMER British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath would have been interviewed under caution by police over allegations he raped and indecently assaulted children if he was still alive, a major police investigation has revealed.
Wiltshire police have just released their findings following a two-year investigation, codenamed Operation Conifer, which explored historic child sex abuse allegations which are believed to have occurred between 1956 and 1992.
The extensive operation, which cost almost £1.5 million ($3 million), investigated 42 allegations of sexual abuse, with six people accusing Sir Edward of satanic or ritual abuse.
Sir Edward Heath served as Britain's Prime Minister from 1970-1974 and died in 2005.
The 109-page summary report outlined a list of serious allegations that Sir Edward would have been questioned over, including the alleged rape of a boy under 16 and nine indecent assaults on minors, with one as young as 10-years-old.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale described the investigation as "impartial and thorough" and said the investigation was entirely necessary.
"I am satisfied there are compelling and obvious reasons for the investigations made against Sir Edward Heath," Chief Constable Veale said.
"Sir Edward Heath was an extremely prominent, influential and high profile person, who was arguably one of the most powerful people in the world, commensurate with the public and political office he held".
Chief Constable Veale said the allegations made against the former Prime Minister were "of the utmost seriousness and from a significant number of people".
"I hope people will understand that, given these circumstances, it would be an indefensible dereliction of a chief constable's duty not to have investigated the allegations against the former PM even though he is deceased," he said.
Sir Edward's godson, Lincoln Seligman refuted the findings, calling for judicial inquiry into the report to clear his godfather's name once and for all.
"I don't believe any of the allegations from what I know and have known of the man for fifty years," Mr Seligman said.
"When I grew up I had a closer relationship with him, I knew him as a man of great integrity and not so idiotic as to go and jeopardise his career by indulging in anything so dangerous and pointless".
He urged a further probe by a judge to "come to some sensible conclusions in an area where a lot of nonsense has been talked".
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