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The UK has no statute of limitations on these kinds of crimes.

Interesting. Can you give a more precise version to"these kind of crimes", please? Child abuse in general, or rape (the girl in the Polanski case being under the age of consent distracts from the fact that she didn't consent anyway), and are there many crimes without statute of limitations in the UK?

by Katrin on Thu Jun 13th, 2013 at 06:03:07 AM EST
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You may not be aware that quite a few ageing celebrities and TV personalities have been arrested here recently for sexual crimes of all kinds that took place decades ago.

Civil cases have something like a statute of limitations. E.g. unpaid financial debts are considered 'statute barred' after six years, and remedies cannot be enforced by court action.

But so far as I know there is no statute of limitations in UK criminal law.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 13th, 2013 at 11:16:22 AM EST
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