After Home Secretary Priti Patel delayed the long-awaited report from the eight year inquiry into the murder of private detective Daniel Morgan, Peter Jukes and Hardeep Matharu of Byline Times sat down with Daniel’s brother Alastair and his partner Kirsteen in an interview to reflect on the case and the impact it has had on both of them.
The case of Daniel Morgan’s murder is one involving several investigations, coverups and corruption in the police and the press. At the core of the affair is the Metropolitan Police, who have already admitted to have been constantly outmaneuvered by corrupt officers in its own ranks. Additionally, there is the Murdoch news organisation standing right next to them – known today as News UK – and with it the Mirror group.
The report of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel was scheduled to have been published on Monday, 17 May, but the Panel itself has now revealed that it is being delayed due to Patel asserting a right to review and redact the text before publication – a right that is angrily disputed.
“We were told that the home secretary had intervened days before it [the report] was due to be published, and that she had insisted that she was going to have to see the report, and read the report for national security reasons.” Alastair says, later continuing “the inquest I was quite certain there was corruption, I had no doubt at all about it.”
Alastair Morgan and Peter Jukes 2017 book Untold: the Daniel Morgan Murder Exposed details abundant evidence that Murdoch’s News of the World (Since closed because of its illegal phone-hacking) and Mirror group staff were deeply involved in the corruption – accused of actively helping to subvert and frustrate police investigations into Daniel Morgan’s murder.
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