Grenfell bereaved and survivors must wait until 2027 for suspects to face trial | Grenfell Tower fire

Those grieving and individuals who endured the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire, which resulted in 72 fatalities, will have to wait until at least 2027 for those alleged to have roles in the tragedy to possibly face a trial.

This revelation was received with disbelief by families who find the protracted path to holding individuals criminally responsible for the event intolerable.

Stuart Cundy of the Metropolitan police acknowledged the extended period before the seventh commemoration of the fire, yet insisted that the meticulous pursuit of justice did not signify justice being foregone.

The postponement, extending beyond previous estimates by over four years, arises due to the necessity for the police to consider the final findings of the ongoing public inquiry, anticipated to require another 18 months.

Even Cundy himself expressed surprise over the lengthiness of the legal proceedings.

Grenfell United, an organization comprised of the bereaved and survivors, lamented the prolonged quest for justice and accountability, stressing the dire significance for all, yet especially painful for them as lives are on hold while the implicated remain free.

The precise release date of the public inquiry remains pending, scheduled after the upcoming seventh anniversary of the fire.

It’s also disclosed that 58 people and 19 entities are currently suspects, with potential charges ranging from misconduct in public office to corporate manslaughter, which hints at the possible culpability of governmental officials.

Although detectives are withholding suspect names, they are considering charges including fraud and obstruction of justice, and strongly believe the fire’s resulting fatalities stem from criminal activities.

Some of the impacted individuals expressed disillusionment with the police investigation, one being Nabil Choucair, who suffered the loss of six family members and criticizes the sluggishness to serve justice when the government is implicated.

Despite initial predictions by Scotland Yard that case files would be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service towards the end of 2021, the updated timeline indicates a significant delay, as submissions will occur a year to a year and a half following the release of the inquiry’s concluding report, expected later in the year.

Det Supt Garry Moncrieff and special crime head at the Crown Prosecution Service, Rosemary Ainslie, attempted to assuage concerns about the inquiry’s pace, emphasizing its complexity and significance, as well as the quality of the comprehensive documentation compiled by the police.

The extensive investigation, occupying the full-time efforts of 180 officers and totaling £107m thus far, comprises 27,000 lines of inquiry and a trove of over 150 million files and documents, alongside 12,000 witness testimonies.

Antonio Roncolato, a former resident of Grenfell Tower who narrowly escaped the flames, remains hopeful for a strong legal case leading to justice in his lifetime.

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