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MOUNTBATTEN IS LINKED TO BELFAST BOY SEX SCANDAL.

Byline: JOE OLIVER

PRINCE Charles's mentor Lord Mountbatten - murdered by the IRA more than 20 years ago - has sensationally been linked to the notorious Kincora Boys' Home scandal in east Belfast.

A new book on the British Royal family brands the last Viceroy of India as 'a wildly promiscuous bisexual' with an interest in 'rough trade'.

And a reference to the appalling abuse of boys in the Kincora Home is certain to revive claims of a major cover-up surrounding no less than five official inquiries into the scandal.

One investigation was blocked in 1976 because it centred on allegations that boys at the home were used in a prostitution ring involving Government and legal figures as well as prominent businessmen.

The Kincora saga spanned two decades and embroiled the names of politicians from British Prime Minister Harold Wilson to Ian Paisley.

Ever present in the background was MI5 and a group of fanatical Protestants in a sect known as Tara.

William McGrath, the housefather of Kincora, led the shadowy organisation, which had a paramilitary structure.

Former Army Press officer Colin Wallace, who was based in Belfast, has long insisted that the authorities knew boys were being systematically sodomised at the home six years before they decided to act.

The scandal was eventually brought to light by social workers.

Three senior staff members at Kincora were jailed in 1981 for ritually abusing boys in the home.

Now a book, The War of the Windsors, suggests why so much information about the Kincora affair may have been stifled.

It states: "Of all the recent Royals, none was so consistently immoral and unprincipled as the late Lord Mountbatten.

"Both he and his wife Edwina were bisexual, and they led a life of unbridled promiscuity.

"He was also said to have an interest in what homosexuals call 'rough trade' and to be particularly attracted to working-class boys in their early teens."

It claims that rumours had "even linked him with the notorious scandal surrounding the Kincora Boys' Home, where a network of teenage boys were made available to VIPs."

Lord Mountbatten was killed in August 1979 when an IRA bomb exploded under his boat off the Co Sligo coast.

Thomas McMahon, jailed for life for his part in the bombing, was freed in August 1998.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2002
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