Lawrence smear investigators reveal lines of enquiry

12:22 15 August 2013

Stephen Lawrence was murdered waiting for a bus in Eltham 20 years ago

Stephen Lawrence was murdered waiting for a bus in Eltham 20 years ago

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Six key questions being asked by lawyers investigating alleged corruption in the original probe into Stephen Lawrence’s murder have today been made public.

Mark Ellison QC and Alison Morgan, the team that successfully prosecuted two of the black teenager’s killers, have been asked to look at claims that undercover officers tried to smear the Lawrence family, and that meetings with his friend Duwayne Brooks were bugged.

They have agreed to give a report to the Home Secretary by December 31, outlining whether there should be further action including criminal charges, and whether a public inquiry should be held into the smear claims.

Today they released details of six questions that they are aiming to answer, the first three covering whether there is evidence of corruption and whether the public inquiry into the investigation was given all relevant information.

The other three are:

• What was the role of undercover policing in the Lawrence case, who ordered it and why? Was information on the involvement of undercover police withheld from the Macpherson Inquiry, and, if it had been made available, what impact might that have had on the Inquiry?

• What was the extent of intelligence or surveillance activity ordered or carried out by police forces nationally in respect of the Macpherson Inquiry, Stephen Lawrence’s family or any others connected with the inquiry or the family?

• What was the extent, purpose and authorisation for any surveillance of Duwayne Brooks and his solicitor?

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