Press Release: Meeting with the Metropolitan Police Authority 17th May 2005
The mother and brother of a private
investigator murdered in Sydenham in 1987 are to meet the Chairman of the
Metropolitan Police Authority, Len Duvall, on Thursday 19th May at 11a.m. to
raise concerns over a refusal by Hazel Blears to order a public inquiry into
police's handling of the case. The familys M.P. Roger Williams and Emily
Thornbury will also attend the meeting together with Jim Dowd, MP for the
constituency in which the murder took place.
The murder of Daniel Morgan has been the subject of four police investigations, the latest ending in 2003. Allegations of Met police involvement in the murder were made at an inquest in 1988. These remain unresolved. The family say these allegations are supported by all of the available evidence. Last year, 83 members of parliament signed an Early Day Motion calling for a public inquiry into the case. The family say Daniel was murdered because he intended blowing the whistle on police corruption.
Since the last inquiry, the family have forced disclosure through the High Court of two police reports on the murder, one by Hampshire police and one by the Met.
Its now clear to us that the first two inquiries were appallingly negligent and thoroughly dishonestsays Daniels brother, Alastair. Police conducting the last inquiry told us they were convinced that a named officer was centrally involved in the murder, but that the evidential opportunities lost in that inquiry were irreparable. We now know that the Coroners inquest was seriously misled, that vital information was withheld from the Police Complaints Authority, that the Home Secretary Jack Straw was misled in 1998 by senior Met officers and that parliament itself was misled in 2004.
Minister Caroline Flint told the Commons that the Met had assured her the initial inquiry was up to the standards of the time.
This is monstrous spin emanating directly from the office of Commissioner John Stevens says Alastair Morgan. A judicial inquiry is the only organ suitable for dealing with this appalling mess. We have no confidence whatever in Hazel Blears judgement. Home Office conduct throughout this case has been lamentable. Hazel Blears is a danger to police probity and all of the institutions designed to safeguard this.
We have already begun judicial review proceedings against the Home Secretary and will be seeking public support from the MPA before the case comes to the High Court.