source: BBC News
published: 19 May 2021
The family of Daniel Morgan has criticised a Home Office decision to review a report into his unsolved murder before it can be made public. The private investigator was killed with an axe in a pub car park in south London in 1987.
The panel investigating the case was due to publish its report on Monday, but government lawyers will now examine it first, due to “national security”. Mr Morgan’s family called the delay “an outrage” and a “kick in the teeth”.
The panel chairperson, Baroness O’Loan, said the Home Office review was “unnecessary and not consistent with the panel’s independence”.
A Home Office spokesperson said the home secretary had a duty to ensure the report complied with “human rights and national security considerations”.
“This has nothing to do with the independence of the report and the Home Office is not seeking to make edits to it,” the spokesperson added.
Mr Morgan, from Monmouthshire, was found dead in Sydenham in March 1987. His family has always maintained he was on the cusp of exposing police corruption.