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The family of a Welsh private investigator whose murder has never been solved has welcomed the decision to launch an independent inquiry.
Daniel Morgan, from Cwmbran, was found killed in the carpark of a London pub in 1987. A number of investigations have failed to find who was
Home Secretary Theresa May today said a retired judge would lead a panel to look at any police involvment in the murder and the possible role played by corruption in protecting those who killed him.
Carl Edwards reports.
A new inquiry into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan will seek to address the questions arising, including those relating to:
- Police involvement in the murder
- The role played by police corruption in protecting those responsible for the murder from being brought to justice and the failure to confront that corruption.
- The incidence of connections between private investigators, police officers and journalists at the News of the World and other parts of the media and alleged corruption involved in the linkages between them.
A new inquiry into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan has been announced by the Home Office.
The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel will be chaired by Sir Stanley Burnton, a retired Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal.
Its remit will be to shine a light on the circumstances of Mr Morgan’s murder, its background and the handling of the case over the period since 1987.
The Home Office is expected to announce the appointment of an independent panel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the murder of Daniel Morgan in 1987. The private investigator from Monmouthshire was found dead in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in south London.
In the intervening 26 years there have been five separate police investigations but no one has been successfully prosecuted or convicted of the murder.
The case came to light once again last year during the Leveson inquiry into press standards. A former police officer, Jacqui Hames, told the inquiry that she believed people at the News of the World were involved in an attempt to 'derail' the murder investigation.
The Home Office says it's in discussions with the family of Daniel Morgan following reports that there is to be an independent review of the murder which could trigger a new inquiry.
The private detective, who was from the Cwmbran area, was killed with an axe outside a pub in Sydenham in 1987.
His family claim he was very close to revealing police corruption.
An estimated £50m has been spent on inquiries and investigations since then and his family continue to fight for the truth about why he died.
Despite five police investigations, nobody has ever been found guilty of the murder.
The Home Office says it hopes to make an announcement shortly.