'Corruption link' with Cwmbran man Daniel Morgan's murder case in Stephen Lawrence probe
Updated 9:21pm Thursday 6th March 2014 in News
A REVIEW into the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation has found possible links between an allegedly corrupt officer involved in the case and the probe into the murder of Cwmbran investigator Daniel Morgan.
Theresa May told the House of Commons today that the findings of a major review of the Lawrence investigation by Mark Ellison QC - said Special Demonstrations Squad (SDS) officers' actions such as failing to reveal their true identities to court or correct evidence they knew was wrong - meant there was "real potential for miscarriages of justice".
She said undercover police operations spanning decades may have led to wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice in the wake of "profoundly shocking" findings of the major review into the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation.
She added that the review led by Mark Ellison QC found that the Daniel Morgan panel (set up to investigate the Cwmbran man's murder) may therefore uncover material relevant to the question of corruption, and so it is key that the Daniel Morgan panel continues its "important work".
Mr Morgan, who lived in Llanfrechfa and attended Croesyceiliog Grammar School, was killed in a pub car park in south east London on March 10 1987.
Home Secretary Theresa May called it "one of the country's most notorious unsolved murder cases" last year when she set up a panel to look into it.
She said of Ellison's review: "The findings I have outlined today are profoundly shocking. They will be of grave concern to everyone in the House and beyond, and I would like now to set out what I believe needs to happen in response.
The Ellison review makes a number of findings in relation to the issue of corruption. Ellison finds that there remain some outstanding lines of inquiry which could be investigated both in relation to alleged corruption by a specific officer, and possibly by other officers.
"That is of the utmost seriousness, and I have asked the director general of the National Crime Agency to consider quickly how best an investigation can be taken forward into this aspect of Mr Ellison’s findings and to report back to me.
Ellison also refers to possible links between an allegedly corrupt officer involved in the Stephen Lawrence case—DS Davidson—and the investigation into the murder of Daniel Morgan."
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