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Daniel Morgan’s murder exposes a murky world of lies and deceit

Issue No. 2282

The unsolved killing of Daniel Morgan in 1987 is one of Britain’s most investigated murders.

Morgan was going to sell a story to Alex Marunchak—who was then News of the World’s (NotW) crime editor. It appears that Morgan was offered £40,000 for the story.

Marunchak denies ever meeting him. The private investigator Jonathan Rees—Morgan’s business partner at the time of his murder—was one of five suspects in Morgan’s killing. Rees was acquitted when a trial collapsed this year.

Despite having served a seven-year sentence for attempting to pervert the course of justice in a separate case, Rees was rehired by Andy Coulson in 2005—while Coulson was editor of NotW.

Coulson resigned as editor in 2007 and went on to become a spin doctor for David Cameron.

Morgan worked with Rees for Southern Investigations, an agency that ran a number of dodgy information gathering activities for newspapers—especially the NotW.

After the latest attempt to bring the case to court was dismissed, the Met admitted corruption and a cover-up in their ranks.

The Morgan family have long campaigned for justice. Some family members met home secretary Theresa May on Tuesday to press their case for a judicial review into the death.

It has emerged that in 2002, the man leading the fourth of the five inquiries into Daniel’s death, Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook, was under surveillance by the NotW.

Alastair Morgan, Daniel’s brother, said, “We are insisting that Theresa May should order a public inquiry.

“What does it say about democracy in Britain when a man is killed, the police say corruption has blighted the investigation, but his family are told by the government, ‘Nothing has happened, go away’?”


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