Detective Chief superintendent David Cook (left) was allegedly under surveillance by News of the World during an investigation into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan (right)

Friday, December 9, 2011

#Leveson Inquiry : Theresa May Takes The Morgan Family For Fools !

ILL-INFORMED, substandard, gullible and not fit for purpose’ is the damning verdict on the Home Office by a murdered private investigator’s brother who is fighting for justice.

Daniel Morgan, was found with an axe embedded in his head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub, Sydenham Road, Sydenham, in March 1987.

But almost 25 years after the 37-year-old’s death no-one has ever been convicted of his murder, with the case against three people accused of killing him collapsing at the Old Bailey in March.

His brother Alastair and mother Isobel Hulsmann met with the Home Secretary Theresa May at the Home Office to push for a full judicial inquiry into his murder.

Instead of agreeing to this, she said there could be a police investigation into what happened.
This offer comes after five separate Met Police investigations have failed to lead to the conviction of those responsible for killing the private detective.

Alastair Morgan said: “We reacted quite angrily to that.

“She must have thought we were stupid.

“It’s like reasoning with a brick wall with the Home Office, it has always been ill-informed, substandard, gullible and not fit for purpose.”

Mr Morgan added: “Probably in her mind was avoiding a judicial inquiry, that was her reason.

“I’m not hopeful that she will see sense, my instinct tells me that she will do everything she can to stop an inquiry in public because of the embarrassment to the police.”

He says he is now consulting with his solicitor about the best way to continue the fight for justice for his brother.

“The fight will continue but by what means I do not know.”

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "It is deeply regrettable that Daniel Morgan's killers have not been brought to justice and we understand the strength of feeling this case has caused.

"The Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service are currently conducting internal investigations into the case and we expect their findings shortly.”

Thursday, December 8, 2011

#Leveson Inquiry :MET Corruption Probe Rejected By Daniel Morgan's Family

The family of a murdered private detective whose killers have not been brought to justice have rejected the offer of a Scotland Yard investigation into police corruption following a meeting with the Home Secretary.

Daniel Morgan, 37, was found with an axe in his head at a south London pub car park in 1987 but the case against three men accused of killing him collapsed in March.

His brother Alastair, who has seen five inquiries into the murder fail, told Theresa May that only a judicial inquiry in public would satisfy the family.

He said he was "almost insulted" by her offer of a further police investigation, given the family's experience of forces over the past 24 years. "We made it very clear we were not interested," he said. He called the hour-long meeting with Mrs May at the Home Office a "smart piece of stonewalling".

Mr Morgan went on: "Mrs May offered another police investigation, not into the murder but into the possibility of criminality in the inquiry. We told her in no uncertain terms that we've had enough of the police." He said the family is considering "all legal options".

It is understood Mrs May urged the family to accept the offer of the police investigation but the possibility of a judge-led inquiry has still not been ruled out. No decision is expected until the end of separate inquiries by the Met and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Home Office said: "It is deeply regrettable Daniel Morgan's killers have not been brought to justice. We understand the strength of feeling this case has caused." The family received apologies from police and lawyers in March as three men were cleared of murdering Mr Morgan, originally from Monmouthshire. Scotland Yard admitted the first inquiry into his 1987 killing was hampered by police corruption.

The outcome was even more bitter as it came on the 24th anniversary of his death in the car park of the Golden Lion in Sydenham. The five police inquiries and an inquest, as well as three years of legal hearings, are un-officially estimated at £30million.

The trial's failure hinged on the disclosure process. Amid revelations that there were crates of material defence lawyers had not been told about, the three defendants - Mr Morgan's former business partner Jonathan Rees, 54, and his brothers-in-law Garry Vian, 50, and Glenn Vian, 52 - were released.

Two other defendants - James Cook, who was accused of murder, and former Detective Sergeant Sid Fillery, charged with perverting justice - had been discharged earlier after supergrass witnesses were discredited.

Monday, December 5, 2011

#Leveson : Fraudster Squad -Graeme McLagan on the black economy run by corrupt police and private detectives

Internal documents from an investigation by the Metropolitan Police's elite anti-corruption squad provide a remarkable insight into the murky world of some private detectives and their relations with police and tabloid newspaper journalists. The purpose of the huge CIB3 bugging and surveillance operation - codenamed Nigeria - was two-fold: to pursue the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan, a private detective killed in 1987, and to gather evidence about continued allegations that his detective agency was involved with corrupt police officers and former detectives who supplied confidential information and did other favours.

One of CIB's principal targets was Jonathon Rees, Morgan's former partner who continued to run Southern Investigations after the murder.
With the backing of the Met's then commissioner, Sir (now Lord) Paul Condon, warrants were obtained for the planting of listening devices in Southern's offices in Thornton Heath, south west London.
CIB officers were warned not to leave the tiniest sign that anyone had been inside the premises, let alone planted a bug. "They are alert, cunning and devious individuals who have current knowledge of investigative methods and techniques which may be used against them," said an internal report. "Such is their level of access to individuals within the police, through professional and social contacts, that the threat of compromise to any conventional investigation against them is constant and very real."
Rees and others whose conversations were picked up during the police bugging operation at the offices were given pseudonyms - the names of rivers - in the transcripts of the recordings. Rees was referred to as Avon.
By early 1999, the various bugging devices were clearly working well. Visitors to the premises had asked Rees to obtain blank police charge sheets; he had agreed to pervert the course of justice over a theft; and he was waiting for police contacts to give him information about the desecration of the street memorial to the murdered black teenager, Stephen Lawrence.
"Rees and [others] have for a number of years been involved in the long-term penetration of police intelligence sources," one progress report stated. "They have ensured that they have live sources within the Metropolitan Police Service and have sought to recruit sources within other police forces.
Their thirst for knowledge is driven by profit to be accrued from the media..."
Examples of those media contacts were revealed over the following few weeks. In April, Rees was heard expressing concern over CIB's arrest of a long-time associate, ex-Detective Constable Duncan Hanrahan, who ran his own private investigation company, Hanrahan Associates, with another former DC, Martin King, who was later jailed for corruption.
Although Hanrahan had turned supergrass, giving information about others, including King and Rees, he was jailed for nine years after confessing to a string of corruption and conspiracy charges, including his involvement in a plan to rob a courier bringing £1m in cash through Heathrow airport.
Rees appears to be explaining to someone over the phone that Hanrahan is passing information to them about CIB's questioning.
 According to the transcript, Avon (Rees) says: "Hanrahan said what [CIB] want to do is fuck us all.
He said they keep talking about the fucking Morgan murder every time they see me." But later in the same taped conversation Rees also talks about having sold a story to a reporter. The intelligence he sold concerned Kenneth Noye, the notorious criminal then being held at Belmarsh top security prison, following extradition from Spain to face trial for the M25 road rage murder.
Rees says he provided information about how GCHQ was involved in tracking down Noye. He also claims to have given a reporter information about what he calls "personal services" being provided to Noye in Belmarsh.
In another conversation, Rees calls a source and asks: "How are you getting on with that story?" The ensuing conversation is summarised in the CIB transcript as having included mention of David Copeland, the neo-Nazi London nailbomber, then also in Belmarsh awaiting trial. Copeland was said to be in a cell next to a black prisoner. The pair hated each other. Rees asks the caller "if he can find out more about Copeland and the messages he's receiving from God".
A serving police officer was passing information to Rees about the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, according to a CIB report for May. The report continues: "Rees and [others] are actively pursuing contacts with the police and business community to identify potential newsworthy stories.
They then sell the information to the national media.
The investigation has so far identified a serving police officer who has supplied confidential information and private investigators who can supply phone and bank accounts details of any person."
In another telephone conversation, Rees tells a Sunday newspaper reporter that he is obtaining information about the former Chilean dictator, General Pinochet, then under house arrest in Surrey, pending an extradition hearing.
Into the frame in May came a serving police officer, DC Tom Kingston, from the elite South East Regional Crime Squad.
At that time he was suspended, awaiting trial with other corrupt officers over the theft of 2kg of amphetamine powder from a drugs dealer. Later found guilty, he was sent to prison.
On May 25, Kingston - given the river codename Ganges - was in Southern's offices telling Rees about a Scotland Yard contact who was keeping "his eyes and ears open" for information. He says this officer could do vehicle checks for him on the Police National Computer (PNC).
In a telephone call on the same day to another detective agency run by a former police officer, Rees discusses newspaper editors wanting information to expose top people.
 During an incoming call, Rees discusses a story involving a major TV and radio personality.
The death of another TV presenter, Jill Dando, is discussed in a phone call on June 4.
Rees says he knows how one paper is obtaining information about the police investigation into her murder, and explains that he is trying to do the same.
"There's big stories... nearly every day with good information on the Jill Dando murder.
 We found out one of our bestest friends is also on that fucking murder squad, but he ain't told us nothing. We only found out yesterday after that torrent of abuse we initially gave him. He's going to phone us today."
On June 14, Rees tells a caller that he's owed £12,000 by one tabloid, and more money by another.
What he or Southern had provided to these newspapers is not made clear.
 In telephone conversations two days later Rees discusses delivering a bag containing a hidden camera to one tabloid, and in July he says he is also owed £12,000 by that paper.
Also in July, Rees took a phone call from Kingston during which the suspended officer passed on scandal allegations concerning a minor royal couple.
 The information had come from one of Kingston's friends still serving in the Met.
 According to the CIB transcript of the conversation, Rees asks if the couple "are still living together and states that they are in debt a lot". Immediately after the call ends, Rees phones a reporter and states that his source on the Noye story has come up with more information.
Two days later, Kingston was in the Southern offices, expressing great concern when told by Rees that a report given to a journalist had been lost. Rees explains that the reporter and his editor were so desperate to find the report that they spent an evening going through the editor's house, garage and dustbins. Kingston responds: "Get me that one back. Get him to do what he's got to do. Otherwise we ain't getting no more."
Rees then tells the officer that he does vehicle checks for newspapers and demonstrates how his computer can do vehicle searches. He can obtain a vehicle's details, value, insurance class, mileage as well as its VIN and chassis numbers. He says he has to be registered under the Data Protection Act, which costs him £400 a year and he also has to have a consumer credit licence. The transcript states: "Avon does a check on Ganges' car - NOT 100Y - and gives the result that it is a cherished transfer, guide value £3,150, insurance group 15, and not on finance. If it was on finance it would give full details - agreement number, etc_ Ganges says: 'Fucking brilliant'. "
The pair then talk about how easy it would be with new computer equipment to reproduce a police warrant card. Kingston reveals he lent his warrant card to an ex-officer who was doing private inquiry work after being forced out of the police in 1997.
Later in July, Buckingham Palace is again mentioned by Rees to Kingston, who is in the Southern offices. It appears that an officer with the Diplomatic Protection Group is in trouble because he has been taking steroids. Rees is prepared to offer him work. Avon: "If your mate just gives us the bird he was shagging - was she a bird in Buckingham Palace?" Ganges: "Yeah, I'll get a little bit more out of him." Avon: "No, no, don't ask him. If he just gives us her name or his name and then that's all we need... Has the bloke been suspended?" Ganges: "No, he had his pink certificate [firearms authorisation] taken away." Avon: "I thought he went sick." Ganges: "I don't know. I shall find out more?" Avon: "Yeah, especially if he went sick, but especially shagging the women in there." Ganges: "It doesn't make him a bad person." Avon: "No, no. He's a good man... He can join our gang any time." According to the transcript, in a phone conversation a few days later, Rees tells the caller about the "super stud" police officer at Buckingham Palace and how he injects steroids.
There is discussion about how much they will get for the story. On July 28, the story appeared in a tabloid.
There were more conversations picked up about the buying and selling of confidential information.
CIB mounted a separate operation against two people alleged to be supplying Southern with illegally obtained banking information. The anti-corruption team were hopeful of being able to charge a reporter involved with the agency. "There will be a high level of media interest in this particular investigation, especially when involving journalists," one report states. "The Metropolitan Police Service will undoubtedly benefit if a journalist is convicted of corrupting serving police officers. This will send a clear message to members of the media to consider their own ethical and illegal involvement with employees in the MPS in the future."
But it was not to be.
No journalist was charged over dealings with Southern Investigations.
The bugging operation against the company was to end in September 1999 after anti-corruption officers finally obtained solid evidence of Rees's serious criminality. He had become involved in a complicated plot with corrupt police to plant cocaine on an innocent woman, a former model, Kim James. The aim was to discredit her prior to divorce hearings, so she would lose custody of her baby to her husband, Simon James, a businessman.
James, 35, had asked Rees for help in getting evidence against his wife, who he alleged, incorrectly, was involved in drugs dealing. Rees agreed, but at their second meeting, the CIB tape records him telling James: "One of our surveillance team is a police motorcyclist on the drugs squad, and he works for us on the side. It's a couple of years before he retires from the squad. He did a check on her, but there's nothing on the files. She doesn't come up associated with any drugs dealers."
Over the subsquent weeks, drugs were planted in Kim James' car.
Another serving detective constable, Austin Warnes, who had worked with Kingston on the regional crime squad, was involved in providing false information about Kim's drugs activities. CIB officers listening in as the conspiracy developed realised that they would have to make arrests.
In September, the police moved in on the agency and some of its associates. Twelve suspects were arrested and 23 premises raided. Just over a year later, three men, Rees, DC Warnes and James were each given long prison sentences at the Old Bailey.
Missing link
The murder of private detective Daniel Morgan was bizarre. He was found slumped in a pub car park with an axe embedded in his skull. Not only was £1,000 left in the dead man's pocket, but sticking plaster had been wound round the axe handle to ensure no fingerprints were left behind.
But equally intriguing were the startling allegations made in the aftermath of this 1987 south London murder. It was claimed that Morgan had been about to expose police wrongdoing or corruption, and that officers could even have been involved his killing. No evidence came to light to support these claims.
Morgan's partner in Southern Investigations, Jonathan Rees, was charged with the murder but the case against him was dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions for lack of evidence.
The CIB bugging operation in 1999 was successful in breaking up the corrupt network led by Rees and his police contacts, and Southern is now defunct. But virtually no evidence was gathered about Morgan's murder. In June, Scotland Yard announced through the BBC's Crimewatch programme that it was reopening its investigation. A £50,000 reward is available for crucial information.
· Graeme McLagan is a journalist and author specialising in crime and police corruption.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lynette White : CPS Collusion And Police Corruption !

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Lynette White : Police Murder Corruption Trial Collapses

The defendants cleared today when the Lynette White corruption trial collapsed.
The defendants cleared today when the Lynette White corruption trial collapsed.

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The Lynette White corruption trial - the largest trial of its kind in UK history - has collapsed.

The most expensive trial in the history of Wales' judicial system ended after the prosecution accepted that the case had been “fatally flawed” by the failure to maintain a system of evidence disclosure that was “fit for purpose".

The trial involving former police officers over a trial that resulted in the wrongful conviction of three men for the murder of Lynette White was abruptedly halted at Swansea Crown Court after five months of evidence.

All 10 defendants - eight former police officers and two civilians - have been declared not guilty on the direction of the judge Mr Justice Sweeney after it emerged earlier this week that crucial documents were not disclosed to the defence.

Other documents it emerged were destroyed.

Prosecutor Nicholas Dean said: "Deliberate destruction of documents by the senior investigating officer appears to have occurred.
 "It would be impossible for me to give reassurances that similar evidence has not been treated the same way.

"I can no longer continue to prosecute and recommend the jury bring in a not guilty verdict."

Swansea Crown Court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, had taken the decision himself to offer no further evidence against the defendants.

Both he and the Chief Constable for South Wales Police, Peter Vaughan, have agreed there must be a full and detailed review of the circumstances, which will have the full support and cooperation of South Wales Police.
 The case, which relates to the murder of Cardiff prostitute Lynette White in 1988, was the most sensational in South Wales for many years.

The three men - Tony Paris, Yusef Abdullahi and Stephen Miller - had their convictions quashed in 1992 after the Court of Appeal said that police officers investigating the case had committed serious misconduct.

Many years later, following advances in DNA technogly, Jeffrey Gafoor was convicted of Ms White's murder.

The corruption trial, which began in July, followed a lengthy re-investigation of the case.

The seven-year re-investigation together with the trial itself will have cost millions of pounds - some estimates have put the cost at £10m.

But the cost to the public purse could rise again because it is understood the former officers plan to sue for wrongful arrest.

Judge Sweeney discharged the jury after the prosecution admitted evidence had been destroyed by police investigating their own former colleagues.

The judge said: "When a trial become irretrievably unfair it must stop.

"If the defence is not presented with the material when they should be a trial becomes unfair.

"That is why the disclosure process must be conducted with compete integrity."

He welcomed the police inquiry into the handling of their own case which collapsed after the marathon trial at Swansea Crown Court.

Judge Sweeney said: "It is vitally important that the review gets to the bottom of what went wrong and that in the course appropriate action is taken not least to ensure that there is not a repeat of this."

Eight retired officers – all accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and one accused of perjury – had been joined in the dock by two civilians accused of perjury.

The 10 cleared of all charges today were retired Chief Inspectors Thomas Page, 62, and Graham Mouncher, 59, retired superintendent Richard Powell, 58, retired detective sergeant Paul Stephen, 50, retired detective constables Michael Daniels, 62, Paul Jennings, 51, Peter Greenwood, 59, and John Seaford, 62; and civilians Violet Perriam and Ian Massey.

They had denied the charges.

The police officers were part of a team investigating the Valentine's Day murder of Miss White, 18, who was found dead with more then 70 stab wounds in Cardiff Bay.

The eight were accused of "fitting up" Lynette's boyfriend Mr Miller along with his friends Mr Abdullahi and Mr Paris, who became known as 'the Cardiff Three' more