Former British Army Intelligence Officer Ian Hurst can cause more damage to the rotten Establishment than the rest of the witnesses at the Leveson Inquiry combined. That is not to disregard their evidence, simply to put matters into proper perspective.
Judge Leveson appeared slightly startled at his statement and it was quickly decided to deal with the matter in Part Two of the inquiry. If Hurst intends to submit documents and other compelling evidence to prove top cops were corrupt and covered for newspaper phone hackers, will Part Two actually be allowed to take place?
If so, Part Two will most likely be held ‘in camera’ or behind closed doors. If that happens, the Leveson Inquiry will be left without a shred of credibility.
If anyone should know about police corruption at a senior level, it is Ian Hurst, former Force Research Unit operator. Given his profound experience and high-level contacts in the intelligence community, Ian Hurst could set the Leveson Inquiry on fire if he is allowed to dish the dirt in public...read more
On March 10, 1987 Daniel Morgan and Jonathan Rees, business partners with Southern Investigations, met for a beer at the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, in a southeast district of London. After meeting with Rees, with two packets of crisps in hand for his children, someone killed the private investigator right there in the parking lot of the Golden Lion. The means of death, apparently, four blows with a Chinese-made axe, by a very strong assailant.
But why, you might ask, am I dwelling on a 24 year old homicide that occurred in London, England? To start with, I watched CNN reporter Atika Shubert's feature on Daniel Morgan's case this morning, and realized this shady event from 1987 ties in with the News of the World 'hacking scandal' that boiled to the surface, earlier this year. One can go back to that time and trace a continuous stream (no breaks whatsoever) of corruption, intrigue, and even murder most foul!
Its one rocky road you'll travel if you dare to follow the rickety path of investigations and murky news stream regarding Daniel Morgan's case, where he seems to have uncovered some touchy information that someone didn't want him to expose. And I must add, attempting to understand how the English judicial system works (or its dysfunction) is an arduous task for a bumpkin such as I, fairing from the rowdy Heartland of Texas!
What I mean, I think, is it appears to be very hard to get a conviction that will stick in court. Thus, the main suspects (Sid Fillery, Jonathan Rees, Glen Vian, Garry Vian and two other Metropolitan police officers) are still walking around free. To avoid confusion, you may want to keep a timeline of developments handy. The Guardian published such a timeline on March 11, 2011, (Daniel Morgan axe murder case: timeline), which I'll link for your convenience at the end of my piece. ....read more
After five police investigations, the latest of which has just ground to a halt, a case awash with clues and motives is no nearer being solved
It will be 20 years tomorrow since the release, following their successful appeal at the Old Bailey, of the Birmingham Six, the victims of one of the gravest of miscarriage of justice cases of our times. But another scandalous miscarriage of justice case, also stretching over nearly a quarter of a century, reached its conclusion in the same court last Friday and it did not involve anyone serving a single day of a jail sentence.
A young, energetic private eye called Daniel Morgan was found with an axe embedded to the hilt in the side of his face in the car park of a south London pub on 10 March, 1987. Since then there have been no fewer than five police investigations into his death but no one has ever been convicted of his murder. The fifth of those inquiries juddered to a halt in court 14 of the Old Bailey on Friday morning when the judge accepted the admission of prosecution counsel, Nicholas Hilliard QC, that to proceed with the trial of the three men charged with the murder would be "oppressive" and "unfair." In the place where the jury normally sits were members of Morgan's family: his elderly mother, his widow, his daughter, his sister and his brother, Alastair. They watched in silence and in resignation as the judge, Mr Justice Maddison, listened to the formal discontinuation of the case.
Why was Daniel Morgan killed? The defence, had the case ever gone to trial, would have suggested that there were many people with a motive to bump off a busy private eye. But his brother believes very strongly that it was not because of anything Daniel Morgan had done, but because of something much more significant that he was about to do. "Daniel died because he had found out about, and was going to expose, an incident of serious police corruption," wrote Alastair in a letter to his MP back in the early 1990s as he grew increasingly angry at the way his efforts to keep the investigation alive were being swatted aside. He complained about the response he received to his requests for action: "The Metropolitan police were silent, evasive, dishonest, arrogant, nonchalant, patronising and insolent towards both myself and my mother as we expressed our profound alarm at what was becoming clear to us." His fears proved all too prescient. Why were they not taken seriously at the time?
A WELSH private detective was murdered because he was about to expose crooked cops involved in a conspiracy to flood Britain with cocaine, police have told Wales on Sunday. The Scotland Yard revelation means that for the first time in their 19-year inquiry, officers have uncovered a motive for the killing.
The butchered body of Daniel Morgan - who was brought up in Llanfrechfa, Gwent, and went to agricultural college in Monmouthshire - was found in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, South London, on March 10, 1987.
Embedded in the 37-year-old's skull was a cheap Chinese-made Diamond brand axe. It was wrapped in masking tape so the killer's fingerprints would not be left behind.
Leading the hunt, Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook said: "We believe he was killed because he was about to expose a conspiracy to supply drugs, a criminal conspiracy involving a large amount of drugs.
"We think it was cocaine. We know that it was potentially a large scale drug distribution network that he was going to expose and he was killed because of that.
"We believe there was a link to police corruption. Mr Morgan's death was the obvious way to reduce the risk of it being exposed.
"In the past we never really had a motive. Every day brings us new information. We have a number of suspects.
"But I am going to take my time and get this done properly.
"The people who have done this know they are responsible because they were there, and they know I know who they are."
In October, Mr Morgan's classic 1950s open top Austin Healey sports car was found in a London lock-up. And in August two men were arrested in connection with the case. A third was arrested in September. The men, who have not been charged, were released on police bail.
A number of witnesses have come forward with new evidence since a televised appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last month.
The new development has been welcomed by Mr Morgan's family, who have always claimed he was murdered after discovering evidence of police corruption.
Mr Morgan's 78-year-old mum Isobel Hulsmann, who lives in Hay-on-Wye, has travelled back and forth to London hundreds of times in her bid to see justice done, despite suffering a heart condition.
She said: "I am very keen to get this tied up, I think it's time. I so badly want closure on this. It has been devastating. Sometimes I feel as though it happened yesterday, because there has never been any resolution to it.
"This investigation team is doing its very best. I'm hoping charges are brought and there will be a trial. " Mr Morgan's brother, Alastair, who lives in Islington, North London, added: "All I'm waiting for is for people to be charged, for the police to get sufficient evidence and charge people with his murder. We are optimistic, we have to be."
Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams, who has campaigned with the family, said: "The more public this matter is, the more likely a conviction.
"I have real admiration for Daniel Morgan's mother and brother who have not let the case slip even though they have been very badly served in the past by the police.
"I am pleased that Det Chief Supt Dave Cook is now leading the hunt. He is a man of great energy and entirely untouched by the corruption that was endemic in the Metropolitan Police force at the time of the murder.
"The exposure of a new motive for the murder involving drug supply and police corruption will bring many new leads. It is quite clear that the criminal fraternity are breaking ranks and bringing new information to the police and I'm sure that we are now better placed to gain a conviction."