The Metropolitan Police have indicated that there is no likelihood of any successful prosecutions being brought in the foreseeable future. They have also admitted that police corruption was a “debilitating factor” in the original investigation.
This has led to calls for an inquiry from Mr Morgan’s family, who have waged a long campaign for those responsible for his murder to be brought to justice. I have met with the family and, after further serious consideration with them and their representatives, I am today announcing the creation of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.
Importantly, the Panel’s work will put Mr Morgan’s family at the centre of the process and the approach to this issue has the support of the MPS Commissioner and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
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.
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.