Thursday, 9 June 2011

Dr. David Kelly, no new inquest

The Attorney General has decided not to issue a fiat to the Supreme Court to hold a new inquest into the death of Dr. David Kelly.

For those of you who don't remember who Dr. Kelly was, he was the government scientist who committed suicide after being outed as the man who suggested that the Government's Iraq Dossier had been "Sexed Up" and disciplined for it. The Hutton inquiry into his death subsumed his inquest.

A number of people had queries about the investigation into his death (why no fingerprint check on the knife or medication packaging, was the body moved, the amount of blood, etc) and had been pressing for a new inquest. Today the Attorney General ruled this out, but it is possible that this may be challenged in the courts.

It is unlikely the speculation around Dr. Kelly's untimely demise will go away as it just looks so much like a botched government XPD to be true, even though, on the balance of probabilities, it is likely he committed suicide.

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