Thursday 19 April 2018

Convicted sex offender joined senior royals on Jubilee barge

Lauren Turner in London

A CONVICTED sex offender joined senior members of the British royal family on their barge during the Diamond Jubilee pageant.

Harbinder Singh Rana was invited onto the 'Spirit of Chartwell' as a guest of Prince Charles -- who was not aware of his criminal past.

Rana stood trial in 1986 after posing as a doctor to carry out the attacks.

He was sentenced to four years in jail after being convicted of five counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of attempted assault.

He met the prince through his work with the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail, which aims to promote awareness of the links between Sikhs and Britons. Rana is honourary director of the charity.

A spokeswoman for the royal family said: "Harbinder Singh was asked to take part in the pageant as he is a leading member of the Sikh community and someone who has done a lot of charitable work.

"Guests of the pageant include representatives from all major faith communities, spread across a number of key vessels -- as with the royal family, who were present on a number of vessels. No, we did not know about his convictions."

Rana insisted yesterday that he did not commit the crimes, saying that there had been a case of mistaken identity.

Irish Independent

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