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Michael Howard backs calls for inquest into death of David Kelly

Posted by seumasach on August 15, 2010


15th August, 2010

The former Conservative leader Michael Howard today backed calls for a a full inquest into the death of the government weapons expert Dr David Kelly.

His call came after a group of prominent experts described the official explanation for the scientist’s death in 2003 as “extremely unlikely”.

Howard, who is now a Tory peer, said their intervention confirmed his belief that there should now be a proper inquest.

“In view of the growing number of relevant questions that have arisen and cast doubt on the conclusions reached by Lord Hutton, I believe it would now be appropriate for a full inquest to be held,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

“Recent evidence by the first police officer on the scene, together with new statements by doctors, raise serious questions which should be considered.

“This has been on my mind for quite a while, and recent events have crystallised my view.”

Kelly’s body was found in woods near his Oxfordshire 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.

In the outcry that followed, Tony Blair appointed Lord Hutton to head a public inquiry into Kelly’s death. Unusually, the then lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, ruled it should also act as an inquest.

Hutton concluded that Kelly had taken his own life and 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”.

He also found that the scientist took an overdose of coproxamol tablets – a painkiller commonly used for arthritis – and had been suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition.

However in a letter to the Times last week, the eight experts insisted the conclusion was unsafe. They argued that a severed ulnar artery, the wound found to Kelly’s wrist, was unlikely to be life-threatening unless an individual had a blood clotting deficiency.

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

Howard’s intervention comes as the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, and the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, are said to be exploring how best to allay concerns over the official version of Kelly’s death

One Response to “Michael Howard backs calls for inquest into death of David Kelly”

  1. morris said

    IranianTV Discussing David Kelly’s Death with Morris Herman

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