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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.”
 
 
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Post by Verdi 19.06.21 13:21

Daniel Morgan case: 'I don't accept Met apology over my dad's murder'

By Sanchia Berg
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Last week the Metropolitan Police was labelled "institutionally corrupt" in its handling of the killing of Daniel Morgan - Britain's most-investigated, unsolved murder. After five separate police inquiries, spanning more than two decades, Mr Morgan's son has said he does not accept their apology.

"My dad had an axe embedded in his skull and was left for dead in a murder that was meant to look like a robbery that was actually an execution. That's quite a hard thing to come to terms with really."

Daniel Morgan was only four when his father - also called Daniel - was killed in the car park of the Golden Lion pub, in Sydenham, south-east London, aged 37.

So now he's almost the same age, and has a young son of his own.

Daniel Morgan: Five investigations, not one conviction
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He has clear memories of his father: playing with him, doing puzzles.

He recalls his father, who was from Cwmbran in south Wales, teasing him by telling him traditional stories like the three little pigs, but getting the story wrong, so he would have to correct him.

For the last 34 years his uncle Alastair Morgan has been the main voice for the family's campaign for justice, but now Daniel Morgan has decided to speak out too.

Mr Morgan said he was angry with the Metropolitan Police's response to the Independent Panel report.

It found the force was corrupt in the way it concealed or denied its failings over the unsolved murder.

The Met has apologised to the family.

Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said she acknowledged "the extraordinary resilience and determination of Daniel Morgan's family in their pursuit of the truth and for the conviction of those responsible for his murder".

Mr Morgan said he did not accept that apology.

"I think we've heard enough apologies," he told the BBC.

"What they've said doesn't give us grounds for confidence that they can approach the follow-up work that's clearly required from a document with such gravity."

The responses so far from the Met have made him angry.

They had not accepted the panel's key findings of "institutional corruption", he said.

Mr Morgan said another body, either the Home Office or the mayor of London, should take responsibility for ensuring change in the Met.

After the first inquiry in 1987, there were no charges brought, despite the Morgan family repeatedly pushing for new investigations.

There have been six inquiries in all, according to the police account, but no-one was ever convicted.

A planned trial collapsed in 2011, after a judge ruled so-called supergrass evidence could not be used in the case.

The panel's report is 1,200 pages long and makes multiple recommendations.

Dame Cressida said she would "take the necessary time to consider it and the associated recommendations in their entirety".

Mr Morgan said everyone should read the panel's report - especially the chapters on corruption and the panel's dealings with the police. The panel had to "fight, fight, fight" to get information, he said.

"It's a personal tragedy for us and a national shame," he said.

"It's difficult to feel proud of being a Londoner when the people who protect us have failed, and are allowed to fail and there's no consequence for those failings."

Independent inquiry

The family called for a public inquiry, and in 2013 then-Home Secretary Theresa May set up the independent panel.

Its job was to look at the circumstances of Daniel's death, and explore the part played by police corruption and the failure to confront it.

In 2011, the Met admitted that corruption had hampered the first inquiry. The panel said there had been a refusal to confront or investigate that corruption.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has requested a detailed response to the report from the Met.

She also asked Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to consider how best it can look into the issues raised.
Anonymity

Mr Morgan said he believed a culture change was needed.

He has called on the commissioner to consider her position, though he acknowledged key events in the case took place "before her time".

"A lot of this happened way before she was ever the commissioner but she is a continuation of the same culture, I'm afraid," he said.

"The culture of the Metropolitan Police is cancerous and I think the only way you get rid of cancer is you cut it out."

Mr Morgan added: "My son, I don't want his London to be wrapped up in these failings anymore."

So far, he has declined to have his photograph taken, or do a TV interview.

He still lives in the area where his father was murdered, occasionally passing through Sydenham station, just half a mile from the Golden Lion pub.

"I quite like a level of anonymity," he said.

"I want to be able to walk down the street tomorrow and for people not to feel sorry for me, to look at me and say, 'You're that guy whose dad was horrifically murdered.'

"Can you imagine what that would be like? Can you imagine?"

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Daniel Morgan Murder , Issue 1550

Daniel Morgan murder: Appeal for new information - Page 2 Daniel-morganPOLICE and prosecutors investigating the axe murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan rejected a deal that would have led to at least one conviction, when one of the five prime suspects offered to confess to being the get-away driver.
The Eye has learnt that in 2009, James "Jimmy" Cook was willing to enter a plea deal over the murder in a south London pub car park in 1987. But his offer was turned down before the start of the murder trial of Cook, Jonathan Rees – Morgan's business partner – plus brothers Glenn and Garry Vian, and former police officer Sid Fillery.
The case proceeded on the evidence from three mentally unstable and mendacious supergrass witnesses. It collapsed spectacularly in March 2011 because of police misconduct, large scale non-disclosure and incompetence on an epic scale (see Eyes passim) – all laid bare in last week's withering independent report into the scandal.
'Institutionally corrupt'
The eight-year inquiry, headed by Baroness Nuala O'Loan, branded the Met "institutionally corrupt" and has left commissioner Dame Cressida Dick fighting for her job, amid criticism that she hampered the panel's access to crucial evidence. O'Loan said: "The Metropolitan Police placed the reputation of the organisation above the need for accountability and transparency. In so doing it compounded the suffering and trauma of the family."














Daniel Morgan murder: Appeal for new information - Page 2 1550The trial was meant to finally bring justice for Morgan's long-suffering family, ever since the initial botched murder investigation, when vital forensic and other evidence was lost forever, and which the Met belatedly admitted was down to bent officers protecting suspects. At Rees' and Morgan's detective agency, Southern Investigations, brown paper envelopes were regularly exchanged with crooked cops and newspaper hacks for information.
The inquiry confirmed Eye reports that DCS David Cook, the man running the last murder investigation, from 2002-2011, had coached, prompted or pressured supergrass witnesses, while at the same time hoping to profit from writing a blockbuster book about the case. It also revealed that the senior detective was simultaneously leaking to his co-author, a Sun journalist, vast amounts of highly confidential material from the Morgan and other investigations which could "jeopardise investigative work… endanger named individuals and significantly damage public trust".
Unauthorised contacts
Unaware of the leaks, police colleagues and prosecutors were aware, however, of the unreliability of the supergrass witnesses and of DCS David Cook's unauthorised contacts.
Gary Eaton was a minor criminal with major mental health issues, matched by a propensity to lie. James Ward was a convicted drug dealer hoping to reduce a lengthy sentence. Sally Ann Wood was a vulnerable woman escaping an abusive relationship who had been Jimmy Cook's lover from 1991 to 1998. Nevertheless, their testimony was preferred to the deal offered by Jimmy Cook, who was willing to admit that he drove to the Golden Lion pub expecting Morgan would be seriously hurt, but not murdered. He was prepared to plead to a serious but lesser offence. But lawyers told the family that would be letting Cook off too lightly.
During protracted pre-trial arguments, the trial judge ruled Eaton's prompted evidence inadmissible; Ward was dropped for lying about his violent history, and Wood was also withdrawn after it emerged that she had used the internet to falsely accuse Jimmy Cook of more than 30 other murders.
Plea deal
After the trial imploded, Morgan's sister Jane berated Nick Hilliard QC, the lead prosecutor, for not accepting the plea deal with Jimmy Cook. The family said Hilliard told them he could have got it "wrong". Both Hilliard, who is now a high court judge, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have declined to respond to questions about the offer of a plea deal – which is only mentioned in passing in the inquiry report.
The inquiry does, however, criticise the CPS for claiming it was not in the public interest to prosecute DCS David Cook for misconduct in public office. His claim to be protecting the reputation of the police and acting in the public interest by publishing a book could be seen as "self-serving both in terms of seeking to clear his name and benefiting financially", said the report.
It also slams Met chiefs for a lack of candour and supervision, particularly the then assistant commissioner John Yates. "The way in which the investigation was run resulted in massive unnecessary costs, both human and financial," it said. The final bill is in the tens of millions. All the suspects except Jimmy Cook sued the Met for malicious prosecution and were awarded £500,000 in damages. Jimmy Cook aside, the others have always denied any involvement. The report concluded that Daniel Morgan's family had "suffered grievously", not only because of the Met's failure to bring his killers to justice, but because of the misinformation and denial of incompetence and venal behaviour. "Concealing or denying failings, for the sake of the organisation's public image, is dishonesty on the part of the organisation for reputational benefit and constitutes a form of institutional corruption."
Dick's denial
The panel made clear there was now little chance of ever bringing anyone to justice for the murder.
Baroness O'Loan was particularly scathing of commissioner Dick for obfuscation and delay in allowing the panel, which had not been given statutory powers, access to all the evidence. "At times our contact with the Met resembled police contact with litigants rather than with a body established by the Home Secretary to enquire into a case," the report said.
Dick's immediate denial that the force was institutionally corrupt has meanwhile dismayed the Morgan family, who believe they may have to sue the Met to obtain damages.
In 2014 Boris Johnson, then London mayor, agreed a £50,000 payment to the family in recognition of "the general social benefit brought about by their efforts in bringing to light the failings of the Met". Curious, then, that as prime minister, and after such a devastating indictment of Britain's biggest police force, Johnson now insists Dick retains his full confidence.
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