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Post by plebgate 20.02.17 13:53

@willowthewisp wrote:Sir Bernard must be looking forward to an early retirement, do you think he will have enough to survive on out of his pension per annum £260,000 minus tax of course, ker ching!
Clarence may offer him a PR role in his new firm?
£260,000 per annum pension.  Nice little earner - no need to look for any vacancies in our supermarkets some pensioners are being forced to work in until THEY DROP.

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Post by Doug D 19.05.21 12:47

Daniel Morgan: Delay to report on axe murder 'kick in teeth'
 
Published 1 hour ago
 
The family of Daniel Morgan has criticised a Home Office decision to review a report into his unsolved murder before it can be made public.
 
The private investigator was killed with an axe in a pub car park in south London in 1987.
 
The panel investigating the case was due to publish its report on Monday, but government lawyers will now examine it first, due to "national security".
 
Mr Morgan's family called the delay "an outrage" and a "kick in the teeth".
 
The panel chairperson, Baroness O'Loan, said the Home Office review was "unnecessary and not consistent with the panel's independence".
 
A Home Office spokesperson said the home secretary had a duty to ensure the report complied with "human rights and national security considerations".
"This has nothing to do with the independence of the report and the Home Office is not seeking to make edits to it," the spokesperson added.
 
'Betrays her ignorance'
Mr Morgan, from Monmouthshire, was found dead in Sydenham in March 1987.
His family has always maintained he was on the cusp of exposing police corruption.
Although he had not been stripped of his valuables, notes he was earlier seen writing in the pub had been ripped from his trouser pocket.
 
There have been five separate failed investigations into Mr Morgan's murder - all plagued by allegations of police corruption and links between police, private investigators and tabloid journalists.
In 2011 a trial was abandoned, and two years later the government commissioned an inquiry into the murder.
Then Home Secretary Theresa May, who set up the inquiry panel, described Mr Morgan's death as "one of the country's most notorious unsolved murders".
The panel's remit was to "shine a light on the circumstances of Daniel Morgan's murder, its background and the handling of the case over the whole period since March 1987".
Mr Morgan's family criticised Home Secretary Priti Patel's "unnecessary" decision to delay publication.
In a statement, it said of the intervention: "It is an outrage which betrays her ignorance - and the ignorance of those advising her - with regard to her powers in law and the panel's terms of reference.
"It also reveals a disturbing disregard for the public interest in safeguarding the independence of the panel and its report."
The statement added: "For us, as the family of Daniel Morgan, the home secretary's belated and unwarranted interference in this process is simply unacceptable."
The family called on Ms Patel to "try to understand... the need for sensitivity and basic human decency in the exercise of her powers, mindful of the unending distress she is causing to each and every member of our family".
'Police corruption'
The family's lawyer Raju Bhatt said the family had "every reason to be suspicious about the motives behind this very belated and completely unwarranted intervention".
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he added that there was "every reason to believe that police corruption was at the heart of this ordeal the family have faced".
Mr Morgan's brother Alastair said the family was looking to the panel to defend itself from Home Office interference.
He wrote on Twitter: "We're now looking to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel to defend their independence and fend off this unwarranted intervention from the home secretary.
"We're very hopeful that they will."
 
On Tuesday, the panel released a statement saying in the subsequent eight years there had been "no mention" of any need to review the report before publication.
It also provided details of how both national security and human rights legislation had been adhered to during the investigation.
The panel was originally told the home secretary would be unable to table the report in Parliament on 17 May, as planned, because of delays caused by the Duke of Edinburgh's death and local elections.
A new date of 24 May was set, but the Home Office has said before a publication date can be agreed checks must be made.
A spokesperson said: "As soon as we receive the report, we can begin those checks and agree a publication date."
The spokesperson added Ms Patel hoped to meet Mr Morgan's family to "discuss the report and its findings in person".
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-57165909
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Post by Doug D 21.05.21 13:34

I’d missed this development (link thanks to Textusa):
 
Daniel Morgan murder: panel refuses to hand over report
 
Priti Patel demanded that findings be handed over prior to publication
 
Vikram Dodd Police and crime correspondent Wed 19 May 2021 20.02 BST
 
The independent panel investigating the Daniel Morgan scandal is refusing the home secretary’s demands to hand over its report before it can be published, as senior police sources say nothing in the case affects national security.
 
Priti Patel provoked fury on Tuesday by demanding the findings be handed over for review prior to publication, angering both the Morgan family and members of the panel conducting the inquiry.
 
Patel cited the need to consider national security and human rights obligations before making the report public.
 
But one source with close knowledge of the five Metropolitan police inquiries into the case and the documents involved, said: “There are no national security issues involved. There are national embarrassment issues.”
 
The row has delayed publication of the report, which was due next Monday, eight years after the inquiry was set up.
The report, which runs to more than 1,000 pages, was already at the printers when the Home Office intervened.
 
Morgan, a private investigator, was murdered in March 1987 in south London, with no one convicted for his murderand the Metropolitan police accepting corruption blighted the case. Morgan’s family also believe Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has questions to answer.
 
On Wednesday night the panel, chaired by Lady Nuala O’Loan, and Home Office officials were discussing the standoff.
 
Raju Bhatt, solicitor for the Morgan family, told the Guardian that the panel should stand firm, and the home secretary should back down to end the “torture” of the Morgan family and their 34-year quest for answers. He said the panel should consider court action.
 
Bhatt said the government had been complicit in police failures: “The failure is not just the police, the Home Office is complicit in these failures.
“We are suspicious about the motives for the home secretary’s unwarranted and late intervention. The family look to the panel to stand up to the home secretary and defend its independence and integrity.
 
“If I was advising the panel I would be pointing the panel to the high court if the home secretary does not see sense.”
 
The Guardian understands the Met did not ask for any special review to be undertaken by the government. And the panel believes the home secretary’s demands were not part of their agreement. It fears that their independence may be compromised.
 
However, the Home Office pointed to one part of the panel’s terms of reference which, it said, allows it to see the report before agreeing to its publication, and make changes as it sees fit.
The relevant section says: “The independent panel will present its final Report to the home secretary, who will make arrangements for its publication to parliament.”
A government source said: “Before the home secretary lays it before parliament she has to satisfy herself as to her statutory duties.
“Those relate to national security considerations and that it complies with human rights obligations such as the right to life (article 2) and the right to privacy (article 8).”
 
Labour’s home affairs spokesperson, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said: “There’s no doubt this is an incredibly important and sensitive report. However, given the Home Office ordered this report in 2013, ministers have had years to plan for its publication, whilst the family has been waiting in anguish. It’s deeply disappointing that there has been a delay at the last moment, and the family deserve answers for this. Any remaining work needs to be completed without delay.”
 
The panel’s wide ranging inquiry was ordered in 2013 by then home secretary, Theresa May.
It was tasked to look at “police involvement in the murder; the role played by police corruption in protecting those responsible for the murder … and the failure to confront that corruption”.
 
The panel also investigated “the incidence of connections between private investigators, police officers and journalists at the former News of the World and other parts of the media, and alleged corruption involved in the linkages between them”.
 
The standoff means no date has been set for its publication.
The Home Office insists there is nothing sinister in its motives for wanting to see the report ahead of publication so it can review it.
“As soon as we receive the report, we can begin those checks and agree a publication date,” a spokesman said.
 
“The home secretary fully supports the family-first approach and is hoping to meet them to discuss the report and its findings in person.”
 
On Tuesday, Morgan’s family said the report’s delay was a “kick in the teeth” and served only to “betray and undermine the very purpose of the panel”.
In a statement, they added: “The home secretary’s intervention is not only unnecessary and inconsistent with the panel’s independence.
“It is an outrage which betrays her ignorance – and the ignorance of those advising her – with regard to her powers in law and the panel’s terms of reference.
“It also reveals a disturbing disregard for the public interest in safeguarding the independence of the panel and its report.”
 
 
https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/19/daniel-morgan-panel-refuses-to-hand-over-report
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