Death of David Kelly; new inquiry?

This video from Britain is called Norman Baker MP on the death of Dr. David Kelly (1/3) .

Here are parts 2 and 3.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Experts call for David Kelly inquest

Official cause of David Kelly’s death is ‘extremely unlikely’, say group of legal and medical experts

* Haroon Siddique
* Friday 13 August 2010 09.23 BST

A group of prominent legal and medical experts called today for a full inquest into the death of the government scientist David Kelly in 2003.

An inquest was suspended by Lord Falconer, then lord chancellor, before the Hutton inquiry into the circumstances of the scientist’s death. It was not resumed after Hutton’s report in 2004 concluded that Kelly killed himself by cutting an artery in his wrist.

Nine experts including Michael Powers, a QC and former coroner, and Julian Blon, a professor of intensive care medicine, said in a letter to the Times that the official cause of death – haemorrhage from the severed artery – was “extremely unlikely”.

“Insufficient blood would have been lost to threaten life,” they said. “Absent a quantitative assessment of the blood lost and of the blood remaining in the great vessels, the conclusion that death occurred as a consequence of haemorrhage is unsafe.”

Kelly’s body was found in woods close to his Oxfordshire home in 2003, shortly after it was revealed that he was the source of a BBC report casting doubt on the government’s claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which could be fired within 45 minutes.

Lord Hutton concluded that “the principal cause of death was bleeding from incised wounds to his left wrist which Dr Kelly had inflicted on himself with the knife found beside his body”.

In January, five doctors who made an application to the Oxford coroner to have the inquest reopened, were told that Hutton made a ruling in 2003 to keep medical reports and photographs closed for 70 years. Hutton responded by saying the documents could be revealed to doctors and that he had made the gagging order to spare Kelly’s family “unnecessary distress”.

Hopes for a new inquest have been raised by the change in government. Dominic Grieve, the attorney general, said in April, when he was shadow justice secretary, that the Tories would consider a new inquest into Kelly’s death. He also called for a review of the government’s decision not to release related medical records and postmortem documents.

Grieve is looking at the matter with the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke. Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat MP and a junior minister in the coalition government, supports resumption of the inquest. He resigned from the front bench while in opposition to write a book, The Strange Death of David Kelly, which argued that the scientist’s life had been “deliberately taken by others”.

The Hutton inquiry applied a less stringent test than would have been used in an inquest, where a coroner has to be sure “beyond reasonable doubt” that a person intended to kill themselves.

See also here.

David Kelly was a member of the Bahai’ religious community which is strongly anti suicide.

Lord Hutton, also known as Lord Whitewash, of course, is not a doctor.

Michael Howard joins call for David Kelly inquest: here.

Doctors call for David Kelly inquest: here. And here.

A fresh legal bid to force an inquest into the death of government weapons expert Dr David Kelly is to be launched this week: here.

Medical professionals campaigning for a full inquest into the death of government weapons inspector Dr David Kelly have appealed to David Cameron to intervene on their behalf: here.

Police refused to be drawn on reports today that a helicopter mysteriously landed at the scene of weapons expert Dr David Kelly’s death shortly after his body was discovered: here.

David Kelly inquest expected to be denied: here.

Attorney General Dominic Grieve was accused of complicity in a “cover-up” today after he ruled out an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly: here.

Former Labour deputy prime minister John Prescott yesterday furiously lashed out at the queue of Blairite former ministers who are joining the Tory coalition: here.

4 thoughts on “Death of David Kelly; new inquiry?

  1. Grieve requests Kelly death files

    David Kelly: The possibility of a full investigation into the death of weapons inspector David Kelly has come a step closer after Attorney General Dominic Grieve requested files relating to the post-mortem examination.

    A spokeswoman confirmed on Thursday that the papers had arrived in his office.

    There have been several calls for another probe by campaigners who reject Lord Hutton’s conclusion that Dr Kelly’s death was a suicide.

    Dr Kelly’s body was found near his home in July 2003 after he was identified as the source of a BBC story claiming the government “sexed up” its dossier on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction.


  2. Court bid over David Kelly death

    COURTS: A group of doctors has lodged papers to seek judicial review of the Attorney General’s refusal to give his consent for an inquest into the death of David Kelly.

    Papers applying for permission to seek judicial review were lodged at London’s High Court on Thursday.

    The group said that it is acting because there are still unanswered questions about Dr Kelly’s death.

    The government weapons inspector died in July 2003 after he told the BBC that former prime minister Tony Blair’s adminstration had “sexed up” its Iraq weapons dossier.


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