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This is big news for anyone folowing #Hackgate: A judge has decided to probe the Daniel Morgan axe-murder case.

Morgan was a Glenn Mulcaire-style private detective, who was found with an axe through his head just before it seemed he might spill the beans on hacking and Journo/Police bribery, especially at News of the World.

 h/t to Brown Moses (@Brown_Moses) for this tweet:

Finally - Judge to probe axe murder of detective: Notorious corruption case dates back 26 years via @MailOnline
From The Daily Mail:
The detective's family believe he (Morgan) was killed because he was about to unveil a web of corruption allegedly involving his business partner Jonathan Rees and a string of police officers.


Last year the Leveson Inquiry into press standards heard disturbing claims that the News of the World put the senior detective who led the fourth and fifth investigations into the Morgan murder under surveillance.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook and his then wife Jacqui Hames said the suspects for the killing had encouraged the now defunct tabloid to watch them.

Well that's kind of fishy right there, IMO.

Here's a bit from Wikipedia about Morgan's business partner at the time of the murder:

The Guardian had published extensively on Rees’s involvement with corrupt police officers and the procurement of confidential information for what Guardian journalist Nick Davies described as Rees's one "golden source" of income in particular, commissions from the News of the World. Davies has reported at length on what he described as the "empire of corruption" that Jonathan Rees and Sid Fillery built in the years following Daniel Morgan's murder, after Fillery replaced Morgan as Rees's partner.[4]

According to the Mail article, the probing panel will have full judicial powers to relaunch a criminal investigation, if need be.

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