'A criminal case against Lord Carey would be an attack on us all, conservative Church of England figures have said.
In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, 10 signatories including the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, former bishop of Rochester, suggested that the former Archbishop of Canterbury was being targeted for his involvement in the Bishop Peter Ball case because of "what he represents of biblically faithful Christianity".
The letter, also signed by Simon Rufus Isaacs, Marquess of Reading, who is a friend of Prince Charles, former bishop of Woolwich Colin Buchanan, and campaigner Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, says that similar high-profile cases have not resulted in prosecutions for misconduct in public office.
On Monday this newspaper reported that police and prosecutors were considering a criminal investigation following the publication of the Gibb report last year, which found that Lord Carey, 82, was among senior figures who had "colluded" with convicted sex offender Ball.
The letter says that investigations into child sexual abuse, Operation Yewtree and Operation Hydrant, "have investigated hundreds of cases of suspected misconduct in public office and have yet to bring a case to trial."
It adds: "No one has been charged with any offence in relation to the misdemeanours of Jimmy Savile.'
"The cases against Lord Bramall, Leon Brittan, Edward Heath and Cliff Richard were all dropped.
"Why is Lord Carey being targeted at this time? Certain public leaders appear to be being attacked by insinuation without due process.'
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