FILE PHOTO: Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces his retirement from the House of Commons at the next general election, in London, Britain October 24, 2000. (REUTERS/Dan Chung/File Photo)
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Edward Heath, British prime minister from 1970 to 1974, would have been questioned about claims he sexually abused boys if he were alive today, police said after a two-year investigation into the allegations.Heath, who died 12 years ago, would have been interviewed under caution over seven allegations including raping an 11-year-old boy and indcently assaulting men and other boys, one aged 10 .In total, 40 individuals came forward with accusations against the former British leader.In 10 other cases, the claims were made by a third party while three were made anonymously, so police said no findings had been concluded in these incidents.Heath became prime minister in 1970 and most notably negotiated Britain's entry into the European Economic Community which later became the EU. He was ousted from Downing Street in 1974 when he lost two elections after a miners' strike helped bring down the government.
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