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Post by ufercoffy on 10.07.10 12:36

Why I'm certain my friend Dr Kelly was murdered

By Andrew Malone
Last updated at 2:57 AM on 10th July 2010

His friend: Mai Pederson has damming new evidence to suggest Dr David kelly's death was not a suicide

They used to walk the streets of Baghdad together after dark.

She liked to clear her head after the tensions of the day; he wanted to compensate for the missed strolls he normally took in the Oxfordshire countryside near his home.

But these nightly outings for David Kelly, the ill-fated weapons expert, and Mai Pederson, his beautiful young U.S. military interpreter, also provided an intriguing insight into how perilous the British scientist's position had become.
A senior member of a United Nations inspection team in Iraq, Kelly's mission was to discover whether Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction - and to determine whether America and Britain would go to war.

The stakes could not have been higher.
To help him deal with obfuscating Iraqi officials, he was assigned Pederson, a gifted linguist with the U.S. Air Force who also had secret, high-level links to American intelligence.
Beguiled by his mysterious younger colleague, Kelly asked if he could walk with Pederson at night.
And so an unlikely relationship blossomed on the dark streets of Baghdad.
That friendship deepened when, one night in 1998, five years before the U.S. and Britain invaded, the pair shared a life-or-death experience on a stroll around the Iraqi capital.
Suddenly, a red laser dot appeared on the British scientist's clothes over his heart: an unseen sniper had him in his sights.
The laser beam moved slowly upwards until it was trained on the centre of Kelly's forehead.

Amid unbearable tension, the red dot remained t here for what seemed like an age.
The sniper didn't pull the trigger - it was simply a warning. Iraqi officials brushed off the incident, sniggering that it was just 'kids playing around'.
But Kelly knew his life was in grave danger, informing his younger companion that he had been told by intelligence sources that he was number three on a Saddam Hussein death list as a result of his work.

The late Dr David Kelly is pictured leaving The House of Commons, Tuesday July 15, 2003, after giving evidence to the Commons select committee.

Shrugging off the risks, he told Pederson he couldn't abandon his mission, but that he expected to be found dead in the woods near his home in Oxfordshire, rather than in Iraq.

It was a claim he repeated to other close friends. It turned out to be a chillingly accurate prediction.
Memories of those tense, heady days and nights came flooding back for Mai Pederson this week as the seventh anniversary of the death of David Kelly, her close friend and confidante, approaches on July 17.
It is a tragedy which continues to be cloaked in controversy.
'We started out as work colleagues and he became like an older brother to me,' she told me when we met this week in America.
'He was a man of impeccable integrity, honour, dignity and respect. His family meant everything to him, as did his work.

'It is time the facts came out.'
Pederson hasn't met with Kelly's wife since his death, but Mrs Kelly did testify to the Hutton inquiry that Pederson was 'influential' in his life and had become a family friend.
Kelly, as is now well-known, was found dead in the woods near his home in July 2003, having supposedly used a blunt knife he'd had since he was a boy to hack into a tiny, deep vein and bleed to death - even though little blood was found at the scene.
Despite leaving no note for his wife or his beloved daughter, who was due to get married three months later, the government's Hutton Inquiry into his death concluded in 2004 that Kelly committed suicide after being named as the source of a BBC report suggesting that Tony Blair's spokesman 'sexed up' intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in order to justify going to war against Iraq.
After repeated calls for a full inquest into Kelly's death, the Labour government instead decided that official papers about the affair should be kept secret for an unprecedented 70 years - and, even more bizarrely, the reason for that decision is itself a state secret.

But now, amid signals that the new British coalition government may re-examine this utterly perplexing case, Kelly's former translator - and spiritual soul-mate - has come forward to give the saga a dramatic, compelling new twist.
In damning evidence to the new attorney general, Dominic Grieve, who has indicated his 'concerns' about the case, Pederson revealed that Kelly could not have killed himself by hacking into his wrist - because he could only move his arm with difficulty due to an old injury.
'He couldn't even cut a steak,' says Pederson, holding her own arm out stiffly to mimic his disability.

'He hurt his elbow and was incredibly weak in that arm.'
She also rubbished claims he had taken 29 Co-Proxamol painkiller pills before cutting his wrists, saying he struggled to swallow pills.
For Kelly suffered from 'unexplained dysphagia' - a syndrome that can make it almost impossible to swallow pills, while food and other substances are ingested without a problem. This has been confirmed by other friends.
Pederson recalls offering him a pill for a headache which he refused, saying he couldn't swallow any pills and explaining he'd had the problem for years.
Speaking exclusively to the Mail, the twice-divorced Pederson - who is fluent in five languages - insisted that she was determined to honour the memory of a 'kind, brilliant man' by unearthing the truth about who really killed him, saying: 'This cries out for a formal, independent and complete review.
'If that means stirring the ashes, so be it.

'The death of David Kelly is not just about him or about the tragedy for his family - it affects all of us. The facts don't add up and the responses from the British government don't add up.'
More than anyone else - even, perhaps, including Janice, Dr Kelly's widow - Pederson knows the truth about Kelly's frame of mind at the time of his death, and, intriguingly, how he had even made plans for the future once the fuss over the BBC story had died down.
From the time in the late Nineties that they became acquainted, they made an unlikely pair. He, introverted and studious; she, Kuwaiti-born to Egyptian parents and vivacious.
According to an ex-husband, she was actually an American spy with eyes that could 'bewitch' any man.

After meeting in Iraq in 1998, right up to the day of Kelly's death, the pair spent as much of their time together as possible. When they were apart, they regularly kept in touch by phone and email.
Other staff on the UN weapons inspections team in Baghdad assumed the bearded, scruffy English scientist was as dull as he looked.
But after he started accompanying Pederson on her walks, she discovered a different side to Kelly.

While she listened in silence,she says, he chatted away animatedly about his wife and children and how he loved taking daily walks in the woods near his home. She found it distracting and relaxing.

Indeed, the pair became as close as it's possible to be without sharing a bed.
In the following years, Kelly made frequent trips to America to see her(he was often in the U.S. on UN business and for meetings with other top scientists).
He was also reputedly thinking about moving there permanently.

Between dozen of trips to Iraq on inspection tours, as Britain and America sought a legal case for war against Saddam, the pair met regularly at locations around the U.S from California to Alabama.
In a sign of just how deep their friendship went, Kelly was even officially registered as living at three houses Pederson owned in America.
This was,apparently,simply a favour to enable him to have US. credit cards with an American mailing address.

A devout agnostic, Kelly decided to convert without informing his wife ­ to the Baha'i faith, the ancient Persian religion of which Pederson was a follower.

He gave up alcohol and started attending Baha'i meetings.

Not surprisingly, colleagues whispered that the pair were having an affair.

Could it have been true? 'I did not have an affair with Dr Kelly,'Pederson says firmly.' His family meant everything to him. I'd met his wife and daughters.

'His work was his mistress.'
Now 49,with piercing brown eyes, Pederson says the British academic - who was 20 years older - was not her type and it would, in any case, have been a court martial offence under U.S. military regulations to have an affair with a married man.

Yet her decision to submit this new dossier of evidence to the British government has reignited the politically charged debate about whether Kelly was murdered.

Already she has been attacked by John Rentoul, official biographer of the former prime minister (and, ironically, a columnist for The Independent, which denounced the Hutton Inquiry), has branded publication of her claims as' contemptible'.

BBC journalist Tom Mangold, meanwhile, denounced Pederson as a conspiracy theorist who must'believe in the tooth fairy' and demanded to know why she had taken so long to speak out.

Yet Pederson has tried to give evidence ­ repeatedly.

In fact, less than a month after Kelly's death, she agreed to meet two British detectives who flew out from London to question her.

She spent two days telling them all she knew about the case ­ and explaining why she believed the scientist could not possibly have committed suicide.

Yet, like many others in this saga of contradictory evidence and unanswered questions, her attempts to shed light on Kelly's physical ­ as well as mental ­ condition have been repeatedly rebuffed.

Indeed, two days after British police interviewed her and promised she would not be named on account of her sensitive work with the military her name was leaked to the then Labour supporting Times newspaper and she was portrayed as a shadowy Mata Hari figure.

While his family say Kelly was depressed, Pederson says he was nothing of the kind.

He had even phoned her at the height of the drama surrounding the row about the leaks to the BBC about the 'sexed-up' Iraq weapons dossier, cheerfully saying he was driving to a place in the West Country to escape the Press and that he would come out to see her in a couple of months.

Alarmed by the media attention after her identity was disclosed, Pederson moved in to Air Force accommodation to live in seclusion.

There, she privately offered to give evidence to the Hutton Inquiry on condition that her identity was disguised as it had been for British intelligence agents called to give evidence.

Hutton refused. More recently, frustrated by the lack of action over her evidence, her Washington lawyer Mark Zaid sent a letter last year to Baroness Scotland, the then Labour Attorney General.

Receipt of the letter was acknowledged in a single line reply from her office.
But,again,nothing happened.

Now,however, Pederson hopes someone will finally listen.

And yesterday she received a much more sympathetic response from the office of new Attorney General Dominic Grieve, advising her to speak to the group of doctors currently launching their own legal challenge to make all documents relating to his death public.

She does not, she insists, have a 'smoking gun' ­ evidence of who killed Kelly or why.

But she's convinced he was murdered.

'None of it makes sense ­ anyone can see that,' she says.

The suggestion that Kelly could have been murdered by British government agents seems preposterous.

But did the Establishment have evidence that a 'hit' was planned against Kelly by Iraq and fail to act?

There have been repeated rumours that police were aware he had gone missing long before his family reported him overdue from his walk.

Or could Iraqi exiles have silenced him because his claims (about there being insufficient evidence of weapons build up to justify an invasion of their country) were at odds with their desire to see Saddam deposed?

In truth, Mai Pedersondoesn't know the answers. But what she does know is that the official story has gaping holes.

She says:'The more time that passes with the Government ignoring the contradictory evidence, the more conspiracy theories will grow ­and faith and trust in the Government will lessen.

Legitimate questions deserve answers.

'The British Government owes him, his family and the country the full truth,whatever that might be.

Dr Kelly can no longer speak, so we must do so for him.'

There is, of course, a way for the new government to try to put an end to the controversy ­ by seeking answers to the unanswered questions.

If there really is nothing to hide about the baffling death of Dr David Kelly, why, then, does so much remain hidden?

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Post by Bren on 10.07.10 12:38

Yes I read about that the other week, she is saying that he would not have had the strength to slit his wrists. Now there was an article again by the Mail, saying there are great inconsistencies in the death certificate.

Whether there will be an open public inquiry into Doctor Kelly's death I don't know but there sure seems to be some weird facts now emerging.

Will try and find that article - Found it

Until now, details of Dr Kelly’s death certificate have never been made public.

But the certificate was obtained by a group of leading doctors who have spent almost seven years investigating the case; doctors who believe it is medically implausible that he died in the manner Hutton concluded and are alarmed at the unorthodox way the death certificate was completed.

Near the top of all British death certificates is a box headed ‘Date and place of death’, in which a doctor or coroner should declare the exact location of a death, if it has been established.

Dr Kelly’s certificate gives his date of death as July 18, 2003. It then states in reference to place of death: ‘Found dead at Harrowdown Hill, Longworth, Oxon’.

Why was the word ‘found’ used? Why was the crucial question of ‘place of death’ not answered? The death certificate should be precise about the time, cause and location of death.

The doctors who have investigated the case believe the failure to answer this question leaves open the possibility that Dr Kelly died somewhere other than Harrowdown Hill, the wood where his body was discovered. If this was the case, they are concerned the law may have been subverted over Dr Kelly’s death.


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Post by Cherry on 10.07.10 13:21

imo opinion Hutton needs to be brought forward and make HIM sit in front of a select committee and let HIM explain his whitewash or some would say coverup of a report. It is blatantly clear it was impossible for him to have committed suicide so Hutton needs to explain himself and action needs to be taken against him. I would call this corruption at the highest level imo if it is eventually proven which it will be that Dr.Kelly did not kill himself. Hutton should not be allowed to get away with this imo, if it is proven his report was a coverup and perhaps people need to investigate Hutton, what do people have on Hutton which they can use against him to make him do an alleged coverup of the enquiry - I dont think it takes much to work that one out does it.


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Post by Guest on 11.07.10 19:26

Kelly death not suicide, says MP

An MP investigating the death of Dr David Kelly says he is convinced the weapons scientist did not kill himself.

Norman Baker tells BBC Two's The Conspiracy Files he has reached the conclusion Dr Kelly's life was "deliberately taken by others".

Mr Baker has also obtained letters suggesting the coroner had doubts about the 2003 Hutton inquiry's ability to establish the cause of death.

Hutton reached a verdict of suicide but a public inquest was never completed.
Dr Kelly, whose body was found in July 2003, had been under intense pressure after being named as the suspected source of a BBC report claiming the government "sexed up" a dossier on the threat posed by Iraq.


Coroner Nicholas Gardiner opened an inquest into his death in Oxford just a few days after his body was found on Harrowdown Hill.

As you will know, a coroner has power to compel the attendance of witnesses. There are no such powers attached to a Public inquiry

Nicholas Gardiner, writing to Lord Falconer in August 2003

Q&A: David Kelly
But he was ordered to adjourn it by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, as the Hutton inquiry would take over, and it was not resumed.

Lord Falconer said he wanted to minimise the distress caused to the Kelly family.

The official account given by the Hutton inquiry was that Dr Kelly committed suicide by cutting his left wrist, and taking an overdose of the painkiller Co-Proxamol.

In his report, Lord Hutton said: "There was no involvement by a third person in Dr Kelly's death."


Mr Baker, who has spent a year investigating the case, believes there is enough evidence to suggest that the scientist did not kill himself.

The Liberal Democrat MP said toxicology reports suggested there was not enough painkiller in Dr Kelly's system to kill him, and the method he had apparently chosen to commit suicide was not a recognised or effective one.

"I'm satisfied it was not suicide. And after that you're left with the conclusion that his life was deliberately taken by others," he tells The Conspiracy Files.

He tells the programme it has been suggested to him that the weapons scientist was assassinated.

Speaking last week on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Baker said he was not ready to reveal all the evidence he has unearthed, but would consider passing a file to the police in due course.


Mr Baker has obtained letters between Mr Gardiner and the Lord Chancellor's office from 2003, suggesting the coroner was not happy with the Hutton inquiry's ability to establish the cause of death.

The letters were given to the MP by Constitutional Affairs minister Harriet Harman and have not been revealed publicly before.

I believe that David was probably a victim of Iraqi Intelligence Service

Richard Spertzel, former colleague of Dr Kelly
On 6 August 2003 Mr Gardiner wrote to the Lord Chancellor expressing concern about Hutton's lack of legal powers compared with an inquest.

"As you will know, a coroner has power to compel the attendance of witnesses. There are no such powers attached to a public inquiry," Mr Gardiner wrote.

The Oxfordshire coroner also asked to be allowed to continue with the inquest because "the preliminary cause of death given at the opening of the inquest no longer represents the final view of the pathologist, and evidence from him would need to be given to correct and update the evidence already received".

Mr Gardiner met officials from the Department of Constitutional Affairs on 11 August 2003 "to discuss the mechanics of admitting evidence from the pathologist and analyst".

Death certificate

The Lord Chancellor then accepted the coroner's need to have one further hearing.

Lord Hutton was given the job of establishing how Dr Kelly died
In a letter to Mr Gardiner, dated 12 August 2003, Sarah Albon, private secretary to the Lord Chancellor, said that "the cause of death of Dr David Kelly is likely to be adequately investigated by the judicial inquiry conducted by Lord Hutton".

It said Lord Falconer accepted Mr Gardiner may want to take fresh evidence from the pathologist and analyst.

But he was "most anxious to avoid any unnecessary distress to the family, and has asked that you keep the proceedings as short as possible and, so far as the Coroner's Rules allow, take the evidence in writing".

The coroner did just that in a hearing on 14 August 2003.

On 18 August 2003 a death certificate was registered setting out the causes of death.

'Hit list'

Yet the Hutton inquiry had only just started taking evidence and its report was published a full five months later.

In March 2004, a final hearing was held in Oxford at which Mr Gardiner said he was satisfied there were "no exceptional reasons," including concerns about the Hutton inquiry's powers, for the inquest to be resumed.

The Conspiracy Files explores a number of alternatives as to how Dr Kelly might have met his end.

A former colleague of the weapons inspector, former UN weapons inspector Richard Spertzel, tells the programme he believes the scientist was murdered by the Iraqis.

Mr Spertzel, who was America's most senior biological weapons inspector and who worked alongside Dr Kelly for many years in Iraq, believes the Iraqi regime may have pursued a vendetta against Dr Kelly.

"I believe that David was probably a victim of Iraqi Intelligence Service because of long standing enmity of Iraq towards David," he says.

"A number of us were on an Iraqi hit list. I was number three, and my understanding, David was only a couple behind that.

"And none of the people on that hit list were welcome in Iraq. Immediately after David's death, a number of the other inspectors and I exchanged emails saying, 'Be careful.' "

Q&A: What really happened

The official version, the conspiracy theories and the evidence surrounding David Kelly's death.

Was Dr Kelly's body moved?
A lack of blood?
Is it possible to die by cutting the ulnar artery?
Was there a fatal overdose of co-proxamol?
Did the Hutton Inquiry prove that Dr Kelly intended to commit suicide?
Could Dr David Kelly have been murdered?
Should there be an inquest?
Was Dr Kelly's body moved?
Dr David Kelly's body was found at 9.20am on the 18 July 2003 by two volunteer searchers, Paul Chapman and Louise Holmes with the help of their search dog.

They said they took care not to disturb the scene or get too close to the body, and contacted the police as soon as they found Dr Kelly. Their description was of a body "slumped" or "sitting ... up against a tree".

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The searchers told a police officer, DC Graham Coe, how to find the body, and he stayed alone with it for 30 minutes. DC Coe said he only observed the scene and never got close to the body and stayed about seven or eight feet away

Rowena Thursby of The Kelly Investigation Group says: "When the other people came along, the paramedics, the policemen, the detective, the forensic pathologist - all those people subsequently said that the body was flat on its back, not touching the tree at all. So completely horizontal on his back, so, which indicates to me, to anybody sensible, that the body was moved".

So while the searchers describe the body as sitting up against a tree, everyone afterwards suggests a different position.

The paramedics describe "a male on his back" and a body "laid on its back", DC Coe describes a body "laying on its back by a large tree head towards the trunk of the tree" and Dr Nicholas Hunt, the Home Office forensic pathologist describes a body "lying on his back".

The Hutton Inquiry hearing transcripts
Lord Hutton says that such discrepancies in eye witness accounts are quite normal and do not disturb him.

He saw a photograph of the body that he believes are consistent with all the descriptions given and he concluded there was no involvement by a third party in Dr Kelly's death: "I have seen a photograph of Dr Kelly's body in the wood which shows that most of his body was lying on the ground but that his head was slumped against the base of the tree - therefore a witness could say either that the body was lying on the ground or slumped against the tree. These differences do not cause me to doubt that no third party was involved in Dr Kelly's death."

The Hutton Inquiry Report rulings


A lack of blood?
In December 2004, 11 months after Lord Hutton's report was published, the paramedics who attended the scene of Dr Kelly's death took the unprecedented step of calling a press conference.

Dave Bartlett and Vanessa Hunt had attended dozens of suicide attempts in which someone has cut a wrist. But they said that they found the scene of David Kelly's death unusually free of bloodstains.

At this press conference, Dave Bartlett said: "I suppose everyone was surprised at the outcome. Like I say we're not medical experts, all we commented on was the amount of blood over the body."

Vanessa Hunt added: "We can only say what we saw on that morning and there just didn't appear to be a substantial amount of blood loss either onto the clothing or around the area."

The Hutton Report had different witness accounts, and some saw more blood.

The pathologist Dr Nicholas Hunt said there was a "significant volume of blood" and the forensic biologist Roy Green said that there was "a fair bit of blood" consistent with a severed artery, and some had soaked into the ground. Neither of them would speak to the programme to clarify exactly what they meant.

Lord Hutton said in his report: "Those who try cases relating to a death or injury (whether caused by crime or accident) know that entirely honest witnesses often give evidence as to what they saw at the scene which differs as to details.

"In the evidence which I heard from those who saw Dr Kelly's body in the wood there were differences as to points of detail, such as the number of police officers at the scene and whether they were all in uniform, the amount of blood at the scene."

Dr Allen Anscombe, a Home Office pathologist and the president of the British Association in Forensic Medicine told The Conspiracy Files: "The actual volume of blood, given that the person is deceased, is likely to be fatal, whatever that volume happens to be.

"There is not a simple volume which is always fatal and a simple volume which is not. It depends on the rate of bleeding, it depends on your physical condition before you're bleeding and whilst you're bleeding, depends on a number of factors".

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Is it possible to die by cutting the ulnar artery?
Dr David Kelly is the only person to die by severing an ulnar artery in 2003. A group of doctors have published letters questioning whether it is possible to die by severing the ulnar artery, which is a relatively deep artery in your wrist and arm.

The Guardian: Our doubts about Dr Kelly's suicide
The Guardian: Medical evidence does not support suicide by Kelly
The Guardian: Questions still unanswered over Dr Kelly's death
One of them is vascular surgeon John Scurr, a specialist in veins and arteries. He told the programme: "I don't think I've ever seen anybody die from wrist injuries. I have seen a lot of wrist injuries. It is a very common cry for help type of attempt at suicide, rather than a genuine attempt at killing themselves.

"Frankly I don't believe that simply cutting an ulnar artery will cause death. The thing we know about the ulnar artery is it's quite small and so if Dr Kelly had cut it clean it would have gone into spasm and it would have, you know, probably oozed for a little while trickled.

"He might have lost a few hundred mills of blood. And then it would have stopped."

However, according to the National Statistician and Registrar General there are other recorded cases of death being caused by a severed ulnar artery, two in 2001, one in 2002, and one in 2004.

Dr Allen Anscombe, the president of the British Association in Forensic Medicine is a Home Office forensic pathologist who has performed thousands of post mortems.

He told the programme: "Forensic pathologists are biased in terms of seeing what people actually die from. Clinicians by and large, the vast majority of their patients don't die.

"So again, we approach things from a different way and actually see what people really die from. You might argue we don't see what people survive. So I'm quite happy to accept that often severed small to medium sized arteries such as ulnar artery are not fatal, but severings of such an artery can and is occasionally fatal.

"And if you combine that with somebody who is deceased then you tend to put two and two together".

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Was there a fatal overdose of co-proxamol?
Officially, David Kelly's death was not only caused by haemorrhaging from a wrist wound. Lord Hutton says that an overdose of the painkiller co-proxamol probably also played a part: "It is probable that the ingestion of an excess amount of co-proxamol tablets coupled with apparently clinically silent coronary artery disease would have played a part in bringing about death more certainly and more rapidly than it would have otherwise been the case."

Packaging found with his body meant that up to 29 co-proxamol tablets were available to Dr Kelly.

But the toxicologist who gave evidence to the Hutton Inquiry could not be definitive about how many tablets were taken.

Tests the toxicologist carried out suggested it was an overdose, and that Dr Kelly had 10 times more than a typical medical dose of co-proxamol. But he also said that the concentrations of the constituents of co-proxamol found in Dr Kelly were less than is usually fatal.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency say that "Co-proxamol was implicated in between 300 to 400 deaths from overdose a year," which is why it is now being withdrawn from the market.

The Conspiracy Files interviewed Professor Robert Forrest, Britain's foremost forensic toxicologist who is also the President of the Forensic Science Society. He said: "The concentrations in Dr Kelly's blood are on the low side.

"We normally see higher concentrations than that in a person who has died of an overdose of co-proxamol. But if you've got heart disease - and if there is something else going on like blood loss, then all three of those are going to act together. The overdose of co-proxamol, the heart disease and the blood loss."

And Professor Forrest concluded: "I've got no doubt that the cause of Dr Kelly's death was a combination of blood loss, heart disease and overdose of co-proxamol.

"Not necessarily in that order. If I was going to put it in order I'd put the overdose of co-proxamol first. But it's important that all of them had interacted to lead to the death".

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Did the Hutton Inquiry prove that Dr Kelly intended to commit suicide?
Lord Hutton concluded that the major factor behind Dr Kelly becoming suicidal was "a severe loss of self esteem resulting from his feeling that people had lost trust in him and from his dismay at being exposed to the media."

As the source for Andrew Gilligan's report, which formed the basis of an unrelenting and bitter dispute between the Government and the BBC, Dr Kelly undoubtedly went through a very stressful period.

For several weeks he was under suspicion and interviewed by the MoD twice. Finally Dr Kelly was named publicly and he was questioned in a televised session of a parliamentary committee.

However, Dr Kelly spent many years doing a very difficult job in a hostile environment, making 37 visits as a UN Weapons Inspector to Iraq.

Would he have buckled and killed himself during a period of stress?

Not according to one of his UN Weapons Inspection Team colleagues, Richard Spertzel: "One of the reasons I didn't accept the suicide story from the beginning is I would not consider David a person that would become suicidal.

We all have depressions. There are some of us, and David is included in those, that would endure and find other ways out."

On the last day of his life, Dr Kelly was telling friends that he would continue with the job that was so important to him. He was replying to messages from friends and colleagues that he would soon be back in Baghdad. His daughter was due to get married in three months.

"I would feel it most unlikely that he would want to essentially abandon his family and end his life prematurely," said Mr Spertzel. "He certainly could have looked forward to many more years of happy life."

Amongst the e-mails on that last day, there was one message which does not appear to show that Dr Kelly was a threat to himself, but that he felt threatened by others. He told his friend, journalist Judith Miller that there were "many dark actors playing games".

The key to whether David Kelly was really suicidal was his state of mind. The Hutton Inquiry heard that David Kelly told a colleague he felt "thrown" when the Foreign Affairs Committee asked him on the 15 July, 2003 about a conversation he had had with another BBC reporter, Susan Watts.

David Kelly had told the MoD that he had met Susan Watts but said he had not spoken to her about the 45 minute claim.

He was told that if new evidence came to light which called into question his account, he might face disciplinary action.

The Foreign Affairs Committee twice read out to Dr Kelly a transcript of what a source had told Susan Watts. Dr Kelly said "it doesn't sound like a quote from me" and went on to deny he was the source.

However, Dr Kelly was the source for Susan Watts' report and must have realised when a transcript of his conversation was read out it would be possible to prove he was the source and he would be considered as dishonest.

Peter Tyrer, Professor of Psychiatry at Imperial College London told The Conspiracy Files: "He was a man who was a stickler for accuracy and he was also very concerned about being honest. And I think he was concerned that this extra information which was tape recorded presumably without his knowledge might have implied that he was a liar."

When Dr Kelly's friend Professor Alistair Hay saw him face tough questioning alone in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee, he was very concerned.

"This was a very different David that I was seeing and so that made me worried really," he said.

"You just have to imagine how you would feel under those circumstances where everything that you had done your whole career which you are immensely proud of, and absolutely justifiably because it was an enormously brilliant record that he had, to think that this might all be in peril."

On 17 July, 2003, his last morning alive, Dr Kelly sent e-mails to friends saying he would soon be back in Baghdad.

Professor Tyrer has studied Dr Kelly's e-mails, and told The Conspiracy Files: "It looked as though the ones on the morning of the 17th were rather stereotyped whereas the earlier e-mails that he sent in July were much more informative and more sort of warmth coming through them.

"And I think that there was a certain detachment of those emails on the morning of the 17th of July which made me think that he'd already decided that he was going to take his own life when he was writing those."

As well as sending e-mails David Kelly was receiving them. One was about an MP who had asked a parliamentary question about what disciplinary action the MoD was going to take against him .

He took a knife he had had since childhood from his desk drawer on his last walk towards Harrowdown Hill.

"He was a person who liked to be in control and it was clear from the last few days of his life that he felt he was losing control," said Professor Tyrer.

"The uncertainty for someone who is highly meticulous, the uncertainty of what might happen, it's almost worse than the certainty of something terrible happening.

"He didn't actually know how it was going to pan out and I think that must have been extremely alarming for him. So I think it's that combination that really led to the suicide."

"He had a broken heart. He had shrunk into himself," Mrs Kelly told the Hutton Inquiry. She has not spoken to The Conspiracy Files but she told Rowena Thursby of The Kelly Investigation Group she has no doubts that her husband took his own life.

"I spoke to Mrs Kelly on the phone. And she felt that her husband had in fact, committed suicide. That was her strong belief. But you know, people can believe things very strongly but it doesn't mean to say that they're actually true."

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Could Dr David Kelly have been murdered?
A number of people claim Dr Kelly could not have committed suicide and instead he was murdered. The Conspiracy Files heard several new claims that Dr Kelly was assassinated.

Richard Spertzel was the USA's most senior biological weapons inspector. He worked alongside Dr Kelly in the weapons inspections organisation Unscom for many years in Iraq and believes the Iraqi regime may have pursued a vendetta against Dr Kelly.

"David Kelly did not commit suicide. He was assassinated ... I believed that David was probably a victim of Iraqi Intelligence Service because of long standing enmity of Iraq towards David."

Warren Reed was an officer in the Australian Secret Intelligence Service for 10 years and thinks that "a key priority of some people in the political machine would have been to shut David Kelly up once and for all."

Sir John Scarlett, the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, the Government's main intelligence advisor, did suggest that David Kelly needed a "proper security style interview". However, at the Hutton Inquiry Sir John said that he meant that the interview would need to be "thorough and forensic".

Warren Reed, who was trained by MI6, argues that Dr Kelly would have felt threatened by such an interview.

"They would have known how to ask questions that would have perhaps needled Kelly in a certain sort of way. They were looking for pressure points that would intimidate him.

"If indeed something like this did occur I would imagine that a top British interrogator, maybe from MI6 MI5, would have been brought in under cover. Perhaps something they picked out to do with say his personal life could have been sufficiently intimidatory to have brought on either the suicide or say a heart attack."

Norman Baker MP believes that Dr David Kelly did not kill himself, and has launched his own high profile investigation. "A small number of people have come forward with something to tell," he said.

"People who've either known David Kelly or been connected with the Government in some way, an even smaller number of people who are in the inside connected with the security services or others who may know something of what happened."

He described what one of these contacts had said to him: "He had been told by - a, a friend who was senior in the security services that this was a quote - wet disposal and what is wet disposal I asked him, wet disposal means that it was a hurried job and he was killed in a hurried way, that's apparently what wet disposal means."

However, such allegations are strongly refuted by John Morrison, who as the deputy chief of Defence Intelligence, 1995-1999, and the investigator for the Intelligence and Security Committee (1999-2004) has worked with both MI5 and MI6.

He said: "Let's use a little bit of common sense here. If Iraqi intelligence had wanted to get rid of David Kelly, where would they have done it? Iraq or the UK?

"He could have had an accident at any time in Iraq. Very hard to prove it wasn't an accident. Would they really track him down?"

Mr Morrison rejects suggestions that Dr Kelly could have been the victim of British agents licensed to kill: "It is indeed complete fantasy that there are agents that are licensed to kill.

"There are intelligence agencies around the world who do engage in assassinations, there's no doubt about that. Some of them not very nice people at all.

"But we have never had a policy of assassination to my knowledge in the history of the UK intelligence agencies, and certainly not in the last few decades".

Mr Morrison says the term "wet disposal" is only used in fiction and concludes: "I can't conceive of anybody or organisation having any motive whatsoever to kill Dr Kelly.

"In a crime such as this you need, traditionally, motive, method, and opportunity. Since there's no motive, this is the rock on which all conspiracy theories founder."

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Should there be an inquest?
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker argues that the Hutton Inquiry was not fit for purpose and there should have been an inquest as well: "The Hutton Inquiry singularly failed to pursue any points of interest. As soon as anyone starts to say anything interesting the Hutton Inquiry moved onto something else.

"The Hutton Inquiry seemed to be there to shut down matters rather than to open them up ... People who meet violent deaths always have a proper inquest. It's extraordinary that there hasn't been one on this occasion and we ought to have one. Some of the evidence would then come out properly."

The Hutton Inquiry had less legal powers than a coroner in an inquest. People did not give evidence under oath which allows people to be prosecuted for perjury, and witnesses could not be compelled to give evidence.

Lord Hutton says he decided fairly on the basis of the evidence most of which he published.

Defenders of Lord Hutton's Inquiry say it was not impeded by the absence of statutory powers, as the huge public interest in the inquiry ensured that it had the full co-operation of all the witnesses needed.

The inquiry has also been praised for the mass of detail it uncovered.

An inquest was opened just after Dr Kelly's death, but the Lord Chancellor asked Nicholas Gardiner, the Oxfordshire Coroner to adjourn it as the Hutton Inquiry would take over.

The Conspiracy Files has published for the first time a series of letters provided to Norman Baker MP by the Department of Constitutional Affairs. They reveal that at the time the coroner wrote to the Lord Chancellor of his concern at the Hutton Inquiry's lack of legal powers when compared to those of an inquest: "as you will know, a coroner has power to compel the attendance of witnesses. There are no such powers attached to a public inquiry."

The Lord Chancellor said at the time he had checked with the Kelly family that they preferred the inquest to be adjourned, and that "duplication of proceedings can cause unnecessary distress to the bereaved".

The inquest did hold another day of hearings but was then adjourned and the Hutton Inquiry took over.

Dr Michael Powers QC, an expert in the law relating to inquests, who has sat as a coroner, told The Conspiracy Files that the law that allowed the Hutton Inquiry to replace the inquest has only been used on three other occasions, when it could prevent unnecessary repetition of inquests in cases of multiple deaths from the same cause.

"This procedure of adjourning for a public inquiry is really still with major disasters. People die multiple deaths in a train accident or boating accident of that kind.

"So far as I'm aware, this is the first and only time when it has been used to investigate the death of a single person," he said.

Three months after the Hutton Report was published, on the 14 March, 2004, the coroner Nicholas Gardiner formally considered in an open court hearing whether to reopen the inquest.

The hearing was told that David Kelly's widow Janice accepted that he had taken his own life and did not want the inquest resumed, neither did the Lord Chancellor.

The coroner also made his decision on the basis of additional written evidence from the police. However, the details of the police report have never been made public.

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Re: The baffling death of Dr David Kelly - Why does so much remain hidden?

Post by Judge Mental on 11.07.10 19:36

''Why does so much remain hidden?''

It may be because he was murdered.

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Dr Kelly and Dr Heath

Post by Tony Bennett on 11.07.10 20:35

@Judge Mental wrote:''Why does so much remain hidden?''

It may be because he was murdered.
I am very interested in the subject of Dr David Kelly's death.

Here, briefly. is why it holds special interest for me.

1. The Home Office pathologist who pronounced Dr David Kelly's death 'suicide' was Dr Michael John Heath.

2. I investigated the death of Stuart Lubbock at Michael Barrymore's home. The pathologist who pronounced unequivocally that Stuart Lubbock was 'drowned' was Dr Michael John Heath. By the way, my book on the case shows, I hope clearly, that Stuart Lubbock was never in the swimming pool that night.

3. For the past three years I have been assisting the father of Lee Balkwell. The pathologist's report in this case, which enabled the police to maintain for years that this case was 'a tragic accident', was prepared by (wait for it) Dr Michael John Heath. After an inquest which found that Lee was unlawfully killled, and a damning interim report on Essex Police's handling of the case by the Independent Police Complaints Commissiom, Essex Police now concede (through gritted teeth) that this was no accident.

4. Dr Michael John Heath was found guiilty of serious professional misconduct by an Old Bailey judge in August 2006.

5. Dr Michael John Heath lives in a huge mansion worth millions in Norfolk.

6. Several convictions are being reviewed by the Criminal Cases Law Commission because of major defects in his pathology reports.

7. Now, someone tell me whether Dr Michael John Heath being summoned to do the post mortem on Lee Balkwell, Stuart Lubbock and Dr David Kelly is chance - or design?

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Post by Judge Mental on 11.07.10 21:08

By design. Of course there were flaws in this design, but it was nevertheless by design.

Some people seem to get all the plum jobs. There are those who would suggest that people are deliberately hand-picked for delicate cases.

Interesting to see Moat's family immediately ask for a second post mortem. There seems to be so much suspicion surrounding all our authorities these days

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First Dr Michael Heath, now Dr Patel?

Post by Tony Bennett on 22.07.10 23:49

Remember how I wrote about how Dr Michael Heath, a Home Office Pathologist with a distinctly dubious record, was called in to adjudicate on, e.g., the deaths of Dr David Kelly and Stuart Lubbock?

Well, can someone please tell me why the Metropolitan Police called in the incompetent Dr Patel to pronounce that Ian Tomlinson - beaten to the ground by a police officer - died 'of a heart attack'? -

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Post by Judge Mental on 23.07.10 0:19

@Tony Bennett wrote:Remember how I wrote about how Dr Michael Heath, a Home Office Pathologist with a distinctly dubious record, was called in to adjudicate on, e.g., the deaths of Dr David Kelly and Stuart Lubbock?

Well, can someone please tell me why the Metropolitan Police called in the incompetent Dr Patel to pronounce that Ian Tomlinson - beaten to the ground by a police officer - died 'of a heart attack'? -

One thinks one knows the answer to this.

However, one will now sit awhile and conjure up a more palatable answer than one would wish to publish at present. One fears this may take some considerable time.

One has to comment that it does not bode well to see such high profile cases being led by such incompetents, and it leads one to ponder as to why we no longer place the brightest and most accomplished into the top jobs, but prefer to settle for those who promise to do our friends and colleagues personal favours. The more incestuous our old boys network is becoming, the more lily-livered and chinless-wonder Farquars will arise from it. For more than 60 years or so, we have seen the judiciary leading our professionals into an unsustainable Utopia, and it now needs to be ruthlessly overhauled before it breaks under the weight of all those doctors and policemen who are trying to keep a lid on it for them.

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Post by Cherry on 23.07.10 22:35

It would seem imo that the Home Office/Police Service would appear to have a list of alledged 'dodgy/dubious' pathologists who they turn to when they want to cover something up, and those pathologists are seemingly generously rewarded for their complicity.


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Dodgy pathologists and dodgy hit-men

Post by Tony Bennett on 23.07.10 23:08

@Cherry wrote:It would seem imo that the Home Office/Police Service would appear to have a list of alledged 'dodgy/dubious' pathologists who they turn to when they want to cover something up, and those pathologists are seemingly generously rewarded for their complicity.
Or in the case of poor Dr David Kelly, not merely a dodgy pathologist but a dodgy 'hit-man' as well.

Dr Kelly knew that there were no 'weapons of mass destruction' in Iraq.

Blair based his whole case for war with Iraq on the utterly bogus claim that Saddam Hussain had 'weapons of mass destruction' that could reach us in '45 minutes'.'

No wonder he once, in a Freudian slip, referred to them as 'weapons of mass deception'.

Blair seemed cuddly, nice, an 'ordinary guy'.

Quite apart from unleasing death on tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis, did he also kill Dr Kelly?

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Post by littlepixie on 24.07.10 0:03

I saw people go out and buy gas masks at exorbitant prices - they really did. People I know started stock-piling tins and crates of bottled water. Millions of pounds were made with Army and Navy stores & second-hand shops selling out. Websites were set up selling chemical suits.

That is how scared Blair had the good people of the UK.


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Re: The baffling death of Dr David Kelly - Why does so much remain hidden?

Post by Guest on 27.07.10 10:55

Yesterday's Mail online (26th July)

Law chief to probe KGB agent's claim that David Kelly was 'exterminated'By Neil Sears
Last updated at 7:26 AM on 26th July 2010
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Dr David Kelly: A KGB spy says that the doctor was 'exterminated'
A former Russian spy's dossier which suggests that Government scientist David Kelly was ' exterminated' in a planned assassination is being studied by the Attorney General.
Boris Karpichkov, who fled to Britain after 15 years as a KGB agent, claims a London intelligence contractor linked to MI5 told him Dr Kelly's death was not suicide.
Mr Karpichkov has emailed his evidence to Attorney General Dominic Grieve - who has already said he is 'concerned' by questions raised by doctors who dispute the official suicide ruling over the Iraq expert's death.
Last night a spokesman for Mr Grieve confirmed that the dossier had been received, and that it was being 'considered'.
Dr Kelly's body was discovered in woods close to his Oxfordshire home in July 2003.

Tony Blair's Labour Government had controversially unmasked him as the source of a hotly-disputed BBC news story that claimed a dossier used to justify the war on Iraq had been 'sexed up'.
Lord Hutton's public inquiry ruled that Dr Kelly killed himself, but since the ousting of Labour in May there has been growing pressure from within the coalition Government for a new independent inquiry.
A group of doctors have claimed Dr Kelly could not have died as a result of cutting his left wrist with a blunt garden pruning knife, and it has emerged that his death certificate was left incomplete.
There is also outrage at the fact that full details of his postmortem examination are to be kept secret for 70 years, and that no inquest took place.
KGB claim: Boris Karpichkov had worked as a Russian spy for 15 years before fleeing to Britain

Campaigners also note that on the morning of his death Dr Kelly sent an email warning of 'many dark actors playing games'.
The new allegations from Mr Karpichkov suggest directly that the 'dark actors' could have been British secret agents determined to silence Dr Kelly before he could embarrass the Government.

Claims: Karpichkov identified this man as MI5 agent Peter Everett
The former Russian spy, who defected from Latvia to Britain in 1998, says the source of his dossier is 'agent' Peter Everett, who lives in Dulwich, South-East London, and until 2006 ran a shadowy firm, Group Global Intelligence Services.
The firm is understood to have employed former MI5 operatives to carry out detective work for corporations.
Mr Karpichkov, who now holds a British passport, claims in his dossier that he worked for Mr Everett too, and that one of their dozens of meetings took place two days after Dr Kelly's body was found.
Mr Everett told him, the former KGB man claims, that Dr Kelly had been ' exterminated' for his ' reckless behaviour'.
Mr Karpichkov says Mr Everett suggested he was himself an 'active field operative' for MI5, and continues: 'He told me that it was extremely uncomfortable, inconsistent and unusual for Dr Kelly to slash his arm in the way he did. He would have lost some blood, but it would not have been fatal.
'He also claimed that it was not a coincidence that Special Branch officers were the ones who first appeared on the scene. They moved Dr Kelly's body to another location, changed the original position of his corpse and took away incriminating evidence.
'He added that the scene where Dr Kelly's body was found was carefully arranged and completely "washed out", including the destruction of all fingerprints.
'When I asked who was behind his death, he [ Mr Everett] answered indirectly, saying the "competing firm", which I took to mean MI6.'

At the weekend, Mr Everett confirmed that he had met Mr Karpichkov, and that he had discussed Dr Kelly's death. But he denied being party to any secret s about the incident.
He refused to comment on whether he had ever worked for MI5, but agreed he had 'spent a number of years working in the world of intelligence'.
Mr Karpichkov's dossier comes on top of a claim by Dr Kelly's colleague Mai Pedersen that the chemical warfare

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Post by Guest on 17.10.10 22:35

Ambulance chiefs didn't give missing Kelly report to us, say police

Last updated at 10:00 PM on 16th October 2010

Questions: Mystery continues to surround the death of Dr David Kelly, who claimed Downing Street 'sexed up' an Irag dossier
Ambulance chiefs face renewed pressure to explain the loss of a key medical record relating to the death of Dr David Kelly after the investigating police force said it had no record of ever having received the document.

Bosses at South Central Ambulance NHS Trust were criticised last month when The Mail on Sunday revealed they could not find the patient report form (PRF) completed by paramedic Vanessa Hunt, who attended the scene of the former weapons inspector’s death in 2003.

A spokesman for the Trust claimed that they had probably handed over a copy of the form to Thames Valley Police at the time of its original investigation into Dr Kelly’s death.

But this version of events appears to have been undermined by a new disclosure obtained by The Mail on Sunday under the Freedom Of Information Act.

In response to a request about the PRF, Thames Valley Police said that it had
‘no record of such a form being completed, or having requested such a form or being in possession of such a form or copy’.

The admission will embarrass ambu­lance chiefs and increase demands for an inquest into the death.

Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat MP who has long maintained that 59-year-old Dr Kelly was murdered, said: ‘It is pretty extraordinary that a document of this importance appears to have vanished and neither body will take responsibility for it.’

Dr Michael Powers QC, who is leading a group of doctors campaigning for an inquest into Dr Kelly’s death, accused the Ambulance Trust of trying to shift the blame.

He said: ‘This document has either been intentionally or incompetently lost. It can only be one or the other.

‘The document is the closest thing to a full record of what the ambulance team at the scene saw and noted down. I would have expected such a form to have been filled out and to have been kept, particularly given national and international interest in the case.’

All ambulance crews have to fill out a PRF for every call-out. The details recorded include pulse rate, blood pressure and skin condition, the timing and location of an incident, and any action taken.

The information can play a key role at an inquest. Paramedics giving
evidence normally rely on the PRF.

Unresolved issues: Lord Hutton's inquiry concluded that Dr Kelly slit his writs to kill himself - but a key medical record relating to his death is still missing
The South Central Ambulance NHS Trust insists the form was completed in accordance with the rules.

At the time of the death, Ms Hunt and her colleague Dave Bartlett, who also attended the scene in woods near Dr Kelly’s home, worked for Oxfordshire Ambulance Trust, which has since merged with three others to form South Central Ambulance Trust.

Mr Bartlett’s claim in The Mail on Sunday last month that Dr Kelly’s body had been moved added to the increasing demand for an inquest.

The two paramedics lifted Dr Kelly’s eyelids, felt for a pulse and applied a heart monitor. These actions should all have been recorded on the PRF.

A copy of the document was not submitted to Lord Hutton’s inquiry into Dr Kelly’s death. Lord Hutton’s 2004 report, which concluded that Dr Kelly slit his wrists to kill himself, was branded a whitewash by critics who pointed to the lack of blood at the scene and other unanswered questions.

A spokesman for the Trust last night said it stood by its previous statements on the PRF and that it could not comment further.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said they had never received a copy of the form.

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Post by Shibboleth on 18.10.10 10:08

Dr David Kelly had converted to the Baha'i faith and was very observant about it. I know this because my friend, who is also a Baha'i, attended a prayer meeting ("fireside") with him. She says that an observant Baha'i would never, ever take their own life, because that is the most grievous sin of all in their religion. That is just one of the many reasons that I do not believe in the suicide story.


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Post by Cherry on 18.10.10 18:01

Hutton should be dragged before all the Ministers and be asked to explain himself, all the discrepancies should be put to him and asked how he came up with his whitewash of a report.


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Justice Secretary orders release of secret David Kelly papers

Post by Get'emGonçalo on 22.10.10 8:40

Justice Secretary orders release of secret David Kelly papers

By James Slack
Last updated at 7:03 AM on 22nd October 2010

Transparent: Mr Clarke has ordered the release of the papers for public scrutiny after Lord Hutton had previously tried to hide the files for 70 years

Explosive files on the death of Dr David Kelly are being released today after seven years of state secrecy.
In a dramatic intervention, Kenneth Clarke will publish medical reports on how the weapons inspector died.
The secrecy surrounding post-mortem examination and toxicology reports has fuelled countless conspiracy theories.

Lord Hutton, who conducted the inquiry into Dr Kelly’s death, attempted to hide the files from public view for 70 years.
Now the Justice Secretary has ruled that, in the interests of transparency, they should be made available for public scrutiny.
Campaigners will hope they provide the evidence needed to justify holding an inquest into Dr Kelly’s death. They will hunt for discrepancies between the files and the official verdict of the Hutton Report – derided as a ‘whitewash’ by critics – that Dr Kelly took his own life.
There is a string of unanswered questions relating to his death, which happened shortly after he was outed as the source of a devastating 2003 BBC story that Tony Blair ‘sexed up’ the case for the Iraq war.
Nine doctors have written an open letter casting grave doubt on the idea that Dr Kelly could have died from loss of blood in the way Lord Hutton described. Witnesses have also reported that there was little blood at the scene.
Friends of Dr Kelly have claimed an injury to his right hand would have made him too weak to cut his left wrist. A blunt garden knife was found by his side.
The files were being released at 9am today. Ministers hope it will mark the beginning of the end of the long mystery surrounding the case, which has even led some to claim he was murdered.

Doubts: At least nine doctors have written an open letter saying they are unsure that Dr David Kelly could have died in the way Lord Hutton described

Dr Kelly’s body was found in woods near his house in Oxfordshire in July 2003.
Unusually, no coroner’s inquest has ever been held.
Instead, the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, used an obscure law to appoint Lord Hutton to chair a public inquiry.
In contrast to an inquest witnesses could not be compelled to give evidence to the Hutton Inquiry, nobody gave evidence under oath, nobody was cross-examined and there was no jury present. Key witnesses were not called to give evidence. Enlarge

Lord Hutton, a law lord, accepted the findings of Home Office pathologist Dr Nicholas Hunt that the weapons inspector died after cutting a small artery in his wrist.
The pathologist’s post-mortem examination will now be made public by the Ministry of Justice.
It will be published alongside toxicology reports, relating to an overdose of painkillers Dr Kelly is said to have taken.
In an extraordinary step, Lord Hutton had requested they be kept secret for 70 years. That instruction remained in place until Mr Clarke’s intervention.
However, a set of psychiatric documents is being withheld, to protect the privacy of the Kelly family.
The family does not wish an inquest to take place, and has kept a dignified silence.
The decision on whether to hold an inquest rests with Attorney General Dominic Grieve. He has used special powers to inspect the post-mortem report himself.
Mr Grieve has asked a group of independent experts to consider if there are any discrepancies between the files and the Hutton Report.
Allowing the public also to see the documents will hugely increase the level of scrutiny – and with it the potential clamour for an inquest.
Mr Grieve has said ‘people who have expressed concerns about why Lord Hutton did not tie up every loose end may have a valid point’.
But he said he could not order a new probe ‘on a hunch’, and that he must have firm evidence.
Pathologist Dr Hunt recently insisted that Dr Kelly’s death was a ‘textbook’ case of suicide.

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Post by Guest on 22.10.10 12:15

Thanks for that Jill Good news that this has been released

Pathologist report in full here

Toxocologist report in full here


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David Cameron: Full inquest into David Kelly's death is 'unnecessary'

Post by Pyschodocs on 18.05.11 19:40

For those of you who don't think David Cameron is capable of keeping a cover-up covered-up I post this. David Kelly will never get justice and neither will Madeleine McCann:

The Prime Minister today appeared to rule out a full inquest into David Kelly's death.
David Cameron said the Hutton report into the Government weapons inspector's death had been 'fairly clear', adding: 'I don't think it's necessary to take that case forward.'
His remarks came as Attorney General Dominic Grieve continued to consider a dossier of evidence on Dr Kelly's death. A spokeswoman for Mr Grieve's office said he would announce 'in due course' whether he will ask the High Court to order an inquest.
Dr Kelly's body was found in woods close to his Oxfordshire home in 2003, shortly after he had been revealed as the source of a BBC report questioning the accuracy of a Government dossier arguing the case for war in Iraq.
The Hutton Inquiry in 2004 found that Dr Kelly had committed suicide, and then-justice secretary Lord Falconer ruled the inquiry could take the place of an inquest in the coroner's court.
A group of doctors, led by Stephen Frost, have since campaigned for a full inquest, pointing out that Lord Hutton spent only half a day of his 24-day inquiry considering the cause of Dr Kelly's death.
At Commons question time today, Tory veteran Sir Peter Tapsell asked the Prime Minister: 'Now that there is to be a full investigation into the abduction or murder of Madeleine McCann, isn't there a much stronger case for a full investigation into the suicide or murder of Dr David Kelly?'

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Post by Guest on 18.05.11 19:57

Thank you for posting the article Pyschodocs, and welcome welcome


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Re: The baffling death of Dr David Kelly - Why does so much remain hidden?

Post by Lara on 18.05.11 21:53

Cogito ergo sum


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Post by Guest on 19.05.11 10:35

I have to admit Pyschodocs, when I heard that news this morning, I am tending to agree with you.

The protection of the image of the Government in this country, is more important than revealing the truth it would seem. As such, you could be right about Madeleine.


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Sir Peter calls for David Kelly probe

Post by ROSA on 20.05.11 14:14

Sir Peter calls for David Kelly probe
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SIR PETER Tapsell has called for an investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly, the weapons expert who was involved in the controversy of going to war with Iraq and who was found dead in 2003.

Speaking in the House of Commons the Louth and Horncastle MP asked the Prime Minister: “Now that there is to be a full investigation into the abduction or murder of Madeleine McCann, is there not a much stronger case for a full investigation into the suicide or murder of Dr David Kelly?”
David Cameron replied: “I thought the results of the inquest that was carried out and the report into it were fairly clear, and I do not think it is necessary to take that case forward.”


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Post by Guest on 20.05.11 15:09

I have merged your topic with this one Rosa thumbsup


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