Socialist Worker

New inquiry into murder of Daniel Morgan

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2352

The Tory Home Secretary Theresa May announced a new inquiry into the case of Daniel Morgan today, Friday. The independent inquiry will be carried out by panel led by retired Court of Appeal judge, Stanley Burnton.

Daniel Morgan was killed with an axe in 1987. But despite five police investigations no one has ever been convicted of his murder.

Socialist Worker has long argued the case and its cover up lies at the heart of the hacking scandal.

Morgan’s former business partner, Jonathan Rees, was one of three men acquitted of his murder. Rees and his company, Southern Investigations, were widely used by journalists to find out secret information.

Daniel's brother Alistair said, "There needs to be a recognition of the corruption in the case.

"The more I find out about the case the worse it gets. If we're going to deal with corruption in the police force, we have to look at it straight in the eye.

"We have to see how it works, the nuts and bolts of it, where it started, what decisions were made."

He added, "The reflex default cover-up mentality remains."

The police have admitted that the first investigation into Daniel Morgan’s murder was corrupted by the presence of Sid Fillery on the investigating team.

Fillery interviewed Rees, but never disclosed to the investigation that the pair were close friends and business associates. Fillery became Rees’s partner after leaving the police.

Andy Coulson, when editing the News of the World, rehired Rees after Rees was released from prison in 2005 following a conviction for another crime.

Coulson went on to become David Cameron’s spin doctor.

It is unclear whether the new inquiry will be held in public view.

But an attempt to trawl through and revisit the 750,000 documents of the previous inquiries may throw more light on one of the most serious miscarriages of justices carried out by the British state.


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