Saturday, August 14, 2010

Experts in UK urge full inquest into David Kelly death

Middle East Online, Aug 13, 2010

Prominent experts: the official cause of death was ‘extremely unlikely’

Calls for inquest into death of UK weapons inspector who exposed ‘sexed up’ Iraq dossier.

LONDON – A group of prominent experts on Friday called for a full inquest into the death of British government weapons inspector David Kelly, whose apparent suicide in July 2003 plunged then prime minister Tony Blair into crisis.

The eight senior figures said in a letter to The Times newspaper that the official cause of death in the Kelly case, haemorrhage, was “extremely unlikely” in the light of evidence since made public.

The signatories included a former coroner, Michael Powers, a former deputy coroner, Margaret Bloom, and Julian Bion, a professor of intensive care medicine.

Kelly was found dead in woods near his home in Oxfordshire, southern England, in 2003 after he was exposed as the source for a BBC story that alleged that Blair’s government had “sexed up” intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

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