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MPs criticise rape case failures

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MPs have criticised the director of public prosecutions over failings in the disclosure of evidence in rape and serious sexual assault cases.

A number of rape trials collapsed last year after it emerged vital evidence had not been given to defence lawyers.

A new report from the Justice Select Committee said Alison Saunders did not recognise the severity of the issue and there was "insufficient leadership".

Ms Saunders said addressing problems in the system was her "top priority".

The trial of Liam Allan was stopped in December at Croydon Crown Court, days before the prosecution of Isaac Itiary at Inner London Crown Court was halted.

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