This past weekend, The Sun reported that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) had filed a “mutual legal assistance” request regarding Prince Andrew, officially requesting to speak with him in the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes.
According to the paper, “MLA requests are only used in criminal cases under a legal treaty with the UK,” and this action “means Andrew, who ‘categorically denies’ any wrongdoing, could now be forced to appear in a UK court as a witness within months.”
Per The Sun, a decision has yet to be made on the request, and journalists Tom Wells and Matt Wilkison cite an anonymous source, who calls the whole situation a “diplomatic nightmare.”
Today, Prince Andrew’s legal team publicly responded to the story, stating that the royal has “offered his assistance as a witness” in investigations regarding Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes three times this year.
“The Duke of York has on at least three occasions this year offered his assistance as a witness to the DOJ,” reads a statement from Blackfords LLP. “Unfortunately, the DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the Duke has offered zero cooperation.”
The statement goes so far as to accuse the DOJ of seeking out publicity by saying that Prince Andrew has not been cooperating.
“Unfortunately, the DOJ has reacted to the first two offers by breaching their own confidentiality rules and claiming that the Duke has offered zero cooperation. In doing so, they are perhaps seeking publicity rather than accepting the assistance. We were given an unequivocal assurance that our discussions and the interview process would remain confidential.”
It has been reported that Prince Andrew has reportedly not been cooperating with the case at all.
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