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    On Friday prosecutors stated that a probe into other possible co-conspirators of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein “remains active", implying that the case might soon see further developments in terms of the prosecution of other alleged criminal associates of the late paedophile.

    As the investigation into convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking network "remains active”, court filings suggest that the arrest of further “co-conspirators” is an open possibility, reported The Sun.

    Currently, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, the late financier's ex-girlfriend and alleged “madam”, is the only one of his former associates to be charged by US authorities.

    Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on charges of trafficking underage girls at his New York and Florida estate to attend sex parties, and faced a prison sentence of up to 45 years. The tycoon, who pleaded not guilty to all charges, was discovered dead in his prison cell on 10 August 2019.

    FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on Thursday, July 2, 2020, on charges she helped procure underage sex partners for the financier
    © AP Photo / New York State Sex Offender Registry
    FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI on Thursday, July 2, 2020, on charges she helped procure underage sex partners for the financier

    Ever since, US Attorney General William Barr has vowed to hunt down the disgraced billionaire’s alleged accomplices.

    A court filing cited by the Miami Herald underscores that federal prosecutors are searching for those possibly complicit in Epstein's criminal schemes.

    “As the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has stated publicly, the investigation into the conduct of the defendant in this case and other possible co-conspirators of Jeffrey Epstein remains active. The full scope and details of that investigation, however, have not been made public,” says the statement.

    Epstein’s Alleged Accomplice

    The daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell and Epstein’s alleged partner in crime was arrested in her New Hampshire hideaway on 2 July.

    Ghislaine Maxwell was charged with recruiting, grooming, and ultimately abusing three alleged victims, as well as perjury during previous testimonies.

    She has since pleaded not guilty to aiding Epstein’s sex-trafficking scheme, with her plea for bail declined after prosecutors pronounced her to be "a high flight risk".

    FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2000 file photo, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, driven by Britain's Prince Andrew leaves the wedding of a former girlfriend of the prince, Aurelia Cecil, at the Parish Church of St Michael in Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury, England. The FBI said Thursday July 2, 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell, who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in New Hampshire.
    © AP Photo / Chris Ison
    FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2000 file photo, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, driven by Britain's Prince Andrew leaves the wedding of a former girlfriend of the prince, Aurelia Cecil, at the Parish Church of St Michael in Compton Chamberlayne near Salisbury, England. The FBI said Thursday July 2, 2020, Ghislaine Maxwell, who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested in New Hampshire.

    Court proceedings against Epstein’s former lover, currently held in detention at a prison in Brooklyn, are scheduled to start in July 2021, with the woman potentially facing up to 35 years behind bars if found guilty.

    Maxwell’s case has generated a lot of speculation as it has turned the spotlight on quite a few illustrious names from the world of politics and business. Among those known to have mingled with Jeffrey Epstein are Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, former US Sen. George Mitchell, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and attorney Alan Dershowitz, among others, writes the outlet.

    The names were revealed by one of Esptein’s accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, in her testimony.

    Virginia Roberts Giuffre, center, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court
    © AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews
    Virginia Roberts Giuffre, center, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court

    Giuffre previously claimed she was groomed and abused by Epstein and Maxwell from the age of 15 and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on several occasions.

    All of the men have denied the allegations. The Duke of York and his legal team also vehemently dismissed all accusations of wrongdoing.

    Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and Ghislaine Maxwell. This photo was included in an affidavit in which Giuffre alleged that she was directed to have sex with Andrew
    © Photo : Florida Southern District Court
    Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and Ghislaine Maxwell. This photo was included in an affidavit in which Giuffre alleged that she was directed to have sex with Andrew

    Maxwell and her lawyers are currently seeking to use "critical new information" obtained from the authorities in the criminal case to block the release of her 2016 deposition from a federal defamation suit brought against her by Jeffery Epstein's alleged sex slave Virginia Giuffre, in 2015.

    Despite the fact the suit was settled back in 2017, the prosecution is striving to have materials from the case against Maxwell made public, hoping for new revelations.

     

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