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Anti war charity founder arrested in child rape enquiry

Jeremy Gille
Jeremy Gille

Peace campaigner Jeremy Gilley has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

Gilley, 47, has met detectives from the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command who are investigating an allegation of the rape of a child.

His role as founder of the anti-war charity Peace One Day has seen Gilley share platforms with A-list stars, top level politicians and influential business leaders including Angelina Jolie, Sir Elton John and Jude Law and former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan.

The allegation was reported to police on April 16 .

His lawyer, Paul Morris, said in a statement: "Mr Gilley is presently the subject of a police investigation, with which he is co-operating fully.

"Whilst he is obviously shocked and distressed about the situation, he is confident that, in due course, his innocence will become clear to everyone. It is not appropriate, at this stage, to make any further comment."

Scotland Yard said: "On Thursday, 28 April, a 47-year-old man was arrested at an address in Acton (west London) on suspicion of rape. He has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in late July."

Gilley, an actor-turned- filmmaker, founded Peace One Day as a non-profit organisation in 1999.

His work has led to September 21 becoming a global annual day of ceasefire and non-violence which has been recognised by the UN.

His work helped in September 21 being unanimously adopted by UN member states as a global annual day of ceasefire and non-violence in 2001.

Under the banner of "Building Peace One Day At A Time", Peace One Day states on its website: "Throughout the years, millions of people have been active on Peace Day in every country of the world, and hundreds of organisations have carried out life-saving activities in areas of conflict."