A POLICE watchdog is launching an investigation into alleged perjury by former South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright after concluding the allegations merit an inquiry.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has completed an initial assessment into claims Mr Wright committed perjury while giving evidence in Parliament about the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal and has now announced a formal inquiry.
Ex- South Yorkshire PCC to be investigated over perjury claims
South Yorkshire’s former police and crime commissioner (PCC) is to be investigated for perjury, the police watchdog has said.
Shaun Wright has been accused of “deliberately misleading” a select committee hearing evidence about the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would conduct a full investigation into the claims.
The BBC has been unable to trace Mr Wright for a comment.
Mr Wright, was the head of children’s services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010. He resigned from his role as PCC in 2014.
Former police commissioner Shaun Wright to be investigated over perjury claims
FORMER police commissioner Shaun Wright will be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over claims he lied to MPs — a year after the watchdog said it would not look into the allegations.
It is claimed Mr Wright — lead councillor for children’s services in Rotherham between 2005 and 2010 — committed perjury when he told a parliamentary committee in 2014 he knew nothing of widespread CSE in Rotherham.
Two complaints against him were sent from the South Yorkshire Police Crime Panel in 2015 but the IPCC said there was no evidence of a criminal offence.