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)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks arriving at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, England in 2009. Photograph: Jon Super/AP
As editor of the News of the World Rebekah Brooks was confronted with evidence that her paper's resources had been used on behalf of two murder suspects to spy on the senior detective who was investigating their alleged crime.

Brooks was summoned to a meeting at Scotland Yard where she was told that one of her most senior journalists, Alex Marunchak, had apparently agreed to use photographers and vans leased to the paper to run surveillance on behalf of Jonathan Rees and Sid Fillery, two private investigators who were suspected of murdering another investigator, Daniel Morgan, when the latter was a partner of Rees's in the firm Southern Investigations. The Yard saw this as a possible attempt to pervert the course of justice.

Brooks was also told of evidence that Marunchak had a corrupt relationship with Rees, who had been earning up to £150,000 a year selling confidential data to the News of the World. Police told her that a former employee of Rees had given them a statement alleging that some of these payments were diverted to Marunchak, who had been able to pay off his credit card and pay his child's private school fees.

A Guardian investigation suggests that surveillance of Detective Chief Superintendent David Cook involved the News of the World physically following him and his young children, "blagging" his personal details from police databases, attempting to access his voicemail and that of his wife, and possibly sending a "Trojan horse" email in an attempt to steal information from his computer.

The targeting of Cook began following his appearance on BBC Crimewatch on 26 June 2002, when he appealed for information to solve the murder of Morgan, who had been found dead in south London 15 years earlier. Rees and Fillery were among the suspects.

The following day, Cook was warned by the Yard that they had picked up intelligence that Fillery had been in touch with Marunchak and that Marunchak agreed to "sort Cook out".

A few days later, Cook was contacted by Surrey police, where he had worked as a senior detective from 1996 to 2001, and was told that somebody claiming to work for the Inland Revenue had contacted their finance department, asking for Cook's home address so that they could send him a cheque with a tax refund. The finance department had been suspicious and refused to give out the information.

It is now known that at that time, the News of the World's investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, succeeded in obtaining Cook's home address, his internal payroll number at the Metropolitan police, his date of birth and figures for the amount that he and his wife were paying for their mortgage.

All of this appears to have been blagged by Mulcaire from confidential databases, apparently including the Met's own records.

Mulcaire obtained the mobile phone number for Cook's wife and the password she used for her mobile phone account.

Paperwork in the possession of the Yard's Operation Weeting is believed to show that Mulcaire did this on the instructions of Greg Miskiw, the paper's assistant editor and a close friend of Marunchak.

About a week later, a van was seen parked outside Cook's home.

The following day, two vans were seen there. Both of them attempted to follow Cook as he took his two-year-old son to nursery.

Cook alerted Scotland Yard, who sent a uniformed officer to stop one of the vans on the grounds that its rear brake light was broken.

The driver proved to be a photojournalist working for the News of the World. Both vans were leased to the paper. During the same week, there were signs of an attempt to open letters which had been left in Cook's external postbox.

Scotland Yard chose not to mount a formal inquiry.

Instead a senior press officer contacted Brooks to ask for an explanation.

She is understood to have told them they were investigating a report that Cook was having an affair with another officer, Jacqui Hames, the presenter of BBC Crimewatch.

Yard sources say they rejected this explanation, because Cook had been married to Hames for some years; the couple had two children, then aged two and five; and they had previously appeared together as a married couple in published stories."The story was complete rubbish," according to one source.

For four months, the Yard took no action, raising questions about whether they were willing to pursue what appeared to be an attempt to interfere with a murder inquiry.

However, in November 2002, at a press social event at Scotland Yard, Brooks was asked to come into a side room for a meeting.

She was confronted by Cook, his boss, Commander Andre Baker, and Dick Fedorcio, the head of media relations. According to a Yard source, Cook described the surveillance on his home and the apparent involvement of Marunchak, and evidence of Marunchak's suspect financial relationship with Rees.

Brooks is said to have defended Marunchak on the grounds that he did his job well.

Scotland Yard took no further action, apparently reflecting the desire of Fedorcio, who has had a close working relationship with Brooks, to avoid unnecessary friction with the News of the World.

In March Marunchak was named by BBC Panorama as the News of the World executive who hired a specialist to plant a Trojan on the computer of a former British intelligence officer, Ian Hurst.

Rees and Fillery were eventually arrested and charged in relation to the murder of Morgan.

Charges against both men were later dropped, although Rees was convicted of plotting to plant cocaine on a woman so that her ex-husband would get custody of their children, and Fillery was convicted of possessing indecent images of children.

Cook and his wife are believed to be preparing a legal action against the News of the World, Marunchak, Miskiw and Mulcaire.

Operation Weeting is also understood to be investigating.

• This article was amended on 8 July 2011.

Wording in the original suggested that at the time Daniel Morgan was murdered, Sid Fillery was among his partners in a private investigations firm. This has been corrected.

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#Leveson Inquiry: Marunchak And Jonathan Rees - MP claims links between NoW and 1987 axe murder

MP Tom Watson’s new claims about the News of the World and police corruption:

  • Daniel Morgan took police corruption story to News of the World a week before his murder
  • Police officers paid by NoW for information about the Soham murder case
  • Close links between NoW’s Alex Marunchak and criminal private eye Jonathan Rees
Fresh questions have been raised in Parliament over links between former News of the World crime correspondent Alex Marunchak, a private investigator and one of the UK’s most notorious unsolved murders.

Five separate investigations have been held into the 1987 murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan but all were hampered by police corruption and failed to result in a single conviction.

In March last year Morgan's former business partner, the private investigator Jonathan Rees, was one of three men acquitted of his murder.

It was already known that Rees worked extensively for national newspapers but today the Labour MP Tom Watson made a series of allegations about the News of the World’s involvement in the case.

He claimed that Rees and Detective Sergeant Sid Fillery, who were both arrested in the original inquiry, were at the “corrupt nexus of private investigators, police officers and journalists at the News of the World”.

Watson said: “Through the hacking scandal, we now know Southern Investigations [a company owned by Rees] became the hub of a web of police and media contacts involving the illegal theft [and] disclosure of information obtained through Rees and Fillery’s corrupted contacts.

“Southern Investigations sold information to many newspapers during the 1990s but we think exclusively to News International after Rees was released from jail in 2005.
“The main conduit at NI was Alex Marunchak, chief crime reporter for the News of the World and later the paper’s Irish editor.”

'Close relationship between Rees and Marunchak'

Watson claimed Rees's relationship with Marunchak was so close they both registered companies at the same address in Thornton Heath.

He said: “Rees’s confirmed links with Marunchak take the murder of Daniel Morgan to a new level.”

Watson said that in the days before the murder Morgan’s family believed he was on the “verge of exposing huge police corruption”, which he said was also confirmed by a former employer of Morgan.

He said he believed that Morgan was about to sell the story to the News of the World and that his contact there was with Alex Marunchak.

Watson said that a BBC investigation has since seen evidence suggesting that a week before the murder Morgan was about to take a story exposing police corruption to Marunchak and was promised a payment of £40,000

Watson added: “We also know from the investigative reporting of Nick Davies and the Guardian that Southern Investigations paid the debts of Alex Marunchak.”

As part of the third failed investigation into Morgan’s death the Met launched Operation Nigeria, which included surveillance of Southern Investigations between May and Sept 1999.
The Met’s anti-corruption squad bugged Rees’s office, leading to evidence that resulted in him being jailed for another unrelated crime.

“Police surveillance shows frequent contact between Rees and Marunchak,” said Watson, who said that not all the tapes had been transcribed.

“If they were to be they would yield more collusion perhaps criminal in nature between News International and Jonathan Rees,” he alleged.

Watson also noted that in 2002, detective chief superintendent Dave Cook was put under surveillance “by a close business associate of the man he was investigating”.

Cook's wife Jacqui Hames, a former policewoman and Crimewatch presenter, claimed yesterday at the Leveson Inquiry that this surveillance by the News of the World was intended to “intimidate us and so attempt to subvert the investigation” into the Morgan murder.
Watson said this issue was raised at a meeting between Met Police officers and then News of the World editor Rebekah Wade (now Brooks) in 2002.

Watson said: “I’d just like the minister to imagine what his response would have been to that information: a journalist you’re employing tried to undermine the murder investigation of his close associate.

“Rupert Murdoch claims that News International takes a zero tolerance approach to wrongdoing. Far from launching a widescale inquiry to investigate wrongdoing, however, Rebekah Brooks promoted Alex Marunchak to the editor’s job of News of the World in Ireland."

New allegations about Soham murders

He went on: "I would like the minister to request to see all the intelligence reports submitted about Alex Marunchak. I believe the Met are sitting on an intelligence report from late 2002 that claims a police contact overheard Marunchak claim he was paying the relatives of police officers in Cambridgeshire for information about the Soham murders.

“These are allegations that as far as we know have not been investigated.

“I don’t know whether these intelligence reports are accurate but I do know that Alex Marunchak was involved in writing stories about the Manchester United tops of these young girls were found.

“I also believe that at least one of the Soham parents appears in the evidence file of Glenn Mulcaire. The Met police failed to investigate both leads when reported in 2002 and 2006.”

He added: “I think Rupert Murdoch owes the Morgan family an apology, and I don’t think he’s made his last apology to the grieving parents of murdered children.

“Daniel’s family will never see his murderer brought to justice, corruption at the Metropolitan Police has ensured that, but the minister has it in his power to see that they get an explanation as to the failure.”

The family is now calling for a judicial inquiry into the police handling of the murder because they have lost faith in the police.

“Under the circumstances, wouldn’t anybody?”, said Watson.

In response, minister of state for policing and criminal justice Nick Herbert said a judicial inquiry had not been ruled out. But he did warn that such an inquiry would take some time to complete and would not lead directly to prosecutions.

He said that Met operations Weeting and Tuleta, looking at bribery and computer hacking, could shed new light on the Daniel Morgan case – particularly the allegations about the surveillance of detective chief superintendent Cook.

Government and the police will do all they can “not just to bring the murderers of Daniel Morgan to justice but also to ensure that other issues around police corruption are investigated and addressed”, he added.

Herbert said the Government has “not ruled out ordering a judicial inquiry at this stage”, but said that another option was to launch a QC-supervised investigation into the Morgan case carried out by an outside police force.

He concluded that there was a commitment from the Government to ensure “all that can be done is done for Daniel Morgan and his family” pledging to “get to the bottom of this matter.”

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Daniel Morgan was found dead in a south London car park in 1987. His inquest ruled he had been unlawfully killed yet five separate police inquiries have failed to result in a conviction.
His brother Alastair Morgan told Channel 4 News he believes his brother was about to expose police corruption and that it was this which led to Daniel's murder: "What we know is that in the days before his murder, he said to a neighbour, 'you will never guess what I have found out today. All police are bastards'."

Asked if his brother was about to expose police corruption, he said: "The indications were there from the very beginning - at the time of the murder.

"Throughout the investigations that have taken place more recently, the evidence continues to suggest that is what happened. Police involvement with criminals, involvement with drugs and weapons importation."

Meanwhile, alleged links between the police and News International were further set out by MP Tom Watson at a Westminster Hall debate. Mr Watson alleged that in the week before his death, Daniel Morgan had brokered a deal to sell a story to the News of the World exposing police corruption and that his contact there was the paper's former crime editor Alex Marunchak.Mr Watson said the private detective was promised a payment of £40,000.
Echoing the family's demands, Mr Watson asked Police Minister Nick Herbert to launch a judicial inquiry into Mr Morgan's death. Mr Watson also used parliamentary privilege to set out what he said were links between Metropolitan Police detectives who were investigating Daniel Morgan's murder and Alex Marunchak.

Amid further claims about the conduct of its employees, James Murdoch resigns as executive chairman of News International

Mr Marunchak has denied any links to Daniel Morgan or any allegations of wrongdoing.
Mr Watson also called on the government to investigate claims that the police has an intelligence file which suggests illegal payments were made to police investigating the

Soham murders.

Judicial inquiry not ruled out

In response to Tom Watson's statement, Police Minister Nick Herbert said: "It is important to consider what options are now available to identify and address the issue of police corruption and to bring those responsible for Daniel's murder to justice.

"The Morgan family has called for a judicial inquiry and this call has been endorsed by the Metropolitan Police Authority."

He added: "We are considering very carefully if this is the right way forward. The home secretary and I haven't ruled out ordering a judicial inquiry at this stage."

But the minister also refused to rule out another investigation involving the police, something which the Morgan family have said it does not want as it has lost faith in the service.

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Alastiar and Isobel Morgan at the murder scene 
Alastiar and Isobel Morgan at the murder scene
Daniel Morgan’s murder shattered the family, and his wife and two children have shunned the limelight, while his brother has taken up the cause of campaigning for justice.

Five murder investigations have been launched between 1987 and 2011, looking particularly at the involvement of former work colleague Jonathan Rees, who went on to work with the News of the World, as well as a former police sergeant Sid Fillery and Glenn and Gary Vian.
The bugging by the Metropolitan Police of Rees’s office saw him jailed for seven years in 2000 for attempting to pervert the course of justice after he planned to plant drugs on a woman to win a custody battle, but any attempt to link him to the murder has failed.

Mr Morgan said: “These people who Daniel was dealing with are dangerous people.
With dad dead when Daniel was killed, at 38 I was the only man in the family and the responsibility of fighting this fell on me.

Daniel’s children have grown up well-rounded adults who are doing well.”

Son of Daniel and Isobel Morgan, Daniel Morgan was born in Singapore, but the family were forced to return to the UK to seek expert surgery on his club-foot.

Despite the condition, which saw his right leg develop so much less that his foot was two sizes smaller than his left, Daniel was a keen rugby player, a passion which united the brothers. more

#Leveson #Scotland : Alex Salmond Holds Talks With Rupert Murdoch - As We Discuss The Murder Of Daniel Morgan !

THE First Minister has held talks with media mogul Rupert Murdoch today over Scotland’s constitutional future, according to sources.

The News Corporation chairman met Alex Salmond in Edinburgh, where they also talked about the potential for further investment in the country and the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.

A spokesman for the First Minister said: “This was a very constructive meeting focused on News Corporation’s substantial economic footprint in Scotland and the First Minister and Mr Murdoch discussed the potential for further investment within the country.

“Mr Murdoch was keen to express his view that the current debate on Scotland’s constitutional future continued to make Scotland an attractive place for inward investment.
“During the meeting, the First Minister indicated support for the Leveson Inquiry and police investigations into journalistic malpractice.

“Mr Murdoch gave strong assurances that News International are intent on consigning these matters to the past and emerging a better organisation for it.”

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Daniel Morgan Daniel Morgan was murdered in 1987 but no-one has ever been found guilty

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The family of a murdered private investigator from Monmouthshire have again called for a judicial inquiry into police handling of the case, as an MP raises the issue in Parliament.
Tom Watson MP wants Daniel Morgan's murder in 1987 to be examined by the Leveson inquiry into media standards.

The case against four men charged with murder collapsed in March 2010.

The Leveson inquiry was told a senior officer on the case was placed under surveillance by the News of the World.

Mr Morgan, 37, originally from Llanfrechfa, near Cwmbran, was found with an axe in his head in a south London pub car park in 1987.

The murder has been investigated on five separate occasions but no-one has ever been convicted.

Until his death Mr Morgan worked with Jonathan Rees, whose company Southern Investigations has been linked to alleged email hacking.

Mr Rees was one of five men accused of murdering Mr Morgan in 2008, but after almost two years of legal wrangling, the trial collapsed in March 2010 when "supergrass" evidence was deemed to be unreliable.

Mr Morgan's brother Alastair told BBC Radio Wales a judicial inquiry would help answer some of the family's questions about police failings over the case.

Alastair Morgan Alastair Morgan said police did not believe anyone would ever be convicted for his brother's murder
He said: "The police and the Crown Prosecution Service have told us there is no realistic possibility of anyone being convicted of Daniel's murder.

"We've been expressing concern over a number of the investigations over many many years, so the only way forward we can now see is a judicial inquiry.

"Six years ago they [police] reopened the investigation when we were calling for a judicial inquiry at that point.

"We were extremely sceptical about the possibilities of a conviction but our hopes were raised and ultimately dashed."

The murder of Mr Morgan was raised at the Leveson inquiry into media standards and ethics on Tuesday in evidence from former Metropolitan Police detective and BBC Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames.

She told the inquiry that she and her husband, Det Chief Supt Dave Cook, were placed under surveillance by the News of the World after he appeared on Crimewatch seeking information about Mr Morgan's murder.

Ms Hames told the inquiry that Southern Investigations had "close links" to Alex Marunchak, the newspaper's crime editor in the late 1980s.

Jacqui Hames Jacqui Hames said she was put under surveillance by reporters
In a statement, she said: "I believe that the real reason for the News of the World placing us under surveillance was that suspects in the Daniel Morgan murder inquiry were using their association with a powerful and well-resourced newspaper to try to intimidate us and so attempt to subvert the investigation."

Alastair Morgan said his family believed they too had been placed under surveillance following a critical development in the case in 1998.

"I was living in Scotland at the time, my partner was doing a journalism course in Scotland, my mother was in Wales, my sister was in Germany, and over the same weekend we all noticed very strange activities around our homes," he said.

"My mother was photographed, my sister was photographed.

"Last year I wrote to [News International chairman] James Murdoch asking him to investigate this. I haven't even received a reply to my letter."

News International said it had "no comment" to make on Ms Hames's statement to the Leveson inquiry.

MP Tom Watson will raise the issue of Mr Morgan's murder in an adjournment debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

Last August he called for an investigation into alleged links between Jonathan Rees and Mr Marunchak, believing they could shed some light on the unsolved crime.

At that time, Mr Marunchak denied having any contact with Daniel Morgan and all allegations of wrongdoing.

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#Leveson :Daniel Morgan Murder -Wife of detective who led Welsh private investigator Daniel Morgan murder probe gives evidence at Leveson Inquiry.

The wife of the detective who led the final inquiry into Daniel Morgan’s murder has told the Leveson inquiry about being targeted by the News of the World.

Detective Dave Cook led the 2002 review of the 1987 murder of the private eye from Cwmbran yet found himself under close surveillance by the now closed Sunday tabloid.
An email was sent to Crimewatch falsely suggesting presenter Jacqui Hames was having an affair with the police officer.

And last year it was revealed Cook and Hames had been spied on by the defunct tabloid.

Read more: Claims the News of the World was trying to disrupt the investigation into the death of Daniel Morgan

At the time of the surveillance News International’s Rebekah Brooks told Met PR boss, Dick Fedorcio, Hames and Cook were under surveillance because they were having an affair.

Hames said: “I cannot think of one reason why that would be in any shape or form a valid reason to be us under surveillance.

“We had been together for 11 years, we were a well known couple, it wouldn’t have taken much to completely refute the allegation.”

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