With the British Coalition Government moving towards either an inquest, or an inquiry, with the power to summon witnesses and hear evidence under oath, into the death of Dr David Kelly, the weapons expert may yet see justice.
Since the death of David Kelly in 2003, and the subsequent white-wash by the implicated Blair Brown Regime, there has been controversy and conspiracy theories by the hundred.
If the internationally respected weapons scientist was hounded to suicide by the Blair Brown Regime to divert attention from their war crimes, an inquest would have at least settled the form of death and any war crimes trials could be convened at a later date. As it is, the efforts of the Blair Brown Regime to use propaganda, and bullying, to conceal whatever their part in David Kelly’s death, simply encouraged speculation and demands for an inquest that every British citizen is entitled to in the event of a suspicious death.
The current Coalition Justice Minister has ordered the papers relating to the medical examination of the body to be published. At first sight the initial question is why the Hutton white-wash ordered the papers to be sealed for 75 years. Detailed examination may well uncover the questions that should be asked but which were avoided by Hutton in his rush to sweep the matter under the carpet.
There is a firm conviction in some informed quarters that David Kelly was murdered. Even an inquest now may not entirely satisfy them because some evidence, that would have been available to a coroner’s court in 2003, may now be lost for all time.
The medical examiner has been subject to criticism in other cases, leading to the belief that he may have much to hide. He was not adequately examined by the Hutton white-wash and his recent public statements not only question his ethics in making statements on a matter that was, at the time of the statements, sealed, but question his competence as a medical examiner, when set against what little is known publicly. He has claimed that David Kelly’s death was a “classic text book suicide” but other eminently qualified forensic specialists have stated that there was nothing “classic” about the death. The alleged manner of suicide is extremely rare, and highly improbable for a scientist with David Kelly’s skills and background. The published fragments of evidence question the conclusion of the Hutton white-wash that the major contributory factor in the death was loss of blood. Police witnesses have clearly stated that there was a lack of blood at the scene where the body was discovered. There is also evidence that the body was moved by someone from a sitting to a prone position and that there was no blood at the location where the body was first found. The two locations are less than three meters apart and there is no apparent motive for anyone moving the body from the initial position. At that time David Kelly was obviously dead and there would have been no reason to perform CPR or any other procedure that might have required the body to be lying flat on the ground. The death certificate states that the body was found at the location but does not state that this was the place of death.
If the body was moved a short distance after death, someone else was involved in the incident because a dead body does not get up, move a few meters and then lie down.
There are apparently substantiated claims that a police helicopter flying over the location, where the body was later found, at the alleged time of death failed to locate a living or recently dead body on its infrared scanning equipment. That suggests that either the time of death is wrong, or that the police helicopter was defective, or that the helicopter was not on the recorded course, or that the body was later brought to the location(s) where it was found.
There are witnesses who were either not called by the Hutton white-wash, or refused to attend. No witness was cross-examined under oath. Many obvious questions that a coroner would ask, and demand answers, to were not asked by Hutton. The result is that there are statements publicly made by a number of individuals that question key pieces of information published by the Hutton white-wash. Those who knew and worked with David Kelly were aware that an injury made it very difficult for him to perform tasks, such as cutting meat, with his right hand, although Hutton concluded that he was able to use his right hand to dig deeply into his left wrist with a blunt gardening knife to cut an artery. He was also know to have difficulty swallowing pills and the number of empty wrappers found with the body were for a large number of pills that were not found at the scene and which are not accounted for in tox tests on the blood and body.
One individual is regularly interviewed on television, as a friend of David Kelly, who claims that there were no motives for killing him and that it must have been suicide. There is plenty of evidence that a number of people had motives for killing David Kelly, or of commissioning his murder.
There are so many inconsistencies, claims and counter claims, that a full inquest is required. Even if many of the inconsistencies are answers or claims or counter claims upheld in part or completely it is possible that the coroner may conclude suicide, accidental death, unexplained death, or murder by person or persons unknown. It is also possible that a coroner may bring out evidence that is wholy unexpected. What is less likely is that an inquest will clearly identify individuals implicated in some way in the death. Implication in the death is not necessarily murder or unlawful killing. There remains the possibility, until proven otherwise, that an accidental death, or a suicide, occured at one location and that someone with, or without, assistance from others moved the body to the location where it was found, for some reason yet to be identified. For example, it would not be the first time that the location of a death has been concealed to avoid investigations that uncover some other crime, or lead to publicity, that others at the location wished to avoid.
It has been claimed by the Blair Brown Regime that they were only keen to save David Kelly’s family from grief. This sits badly with the known background of the incident that preceded his death when the Regime’s propaganda machine was fully turned on David Kelly to make him a scape goat and to conceal the war crimes in the process of commission by the Regime. There have been claims that David Kelly and, later, his wife were threatened with loss of pension rights if they did not toe the Blair Brown Regime line. It is also at odds with the avoidance of an inquest and the use of the Hutton white-wash. This led rapidly to increasing speculation that must have been very painful for David Kelly’s family and friends.
Had the death been the result of a suicide, triggered by overwhelming pressure, it would have been a tragic event but something that happens from time to time when individuals see no place to escape to other than death. Inquests are usually sensitive to the feelings of those left behind and the verdict of suicide during a moment of unbelievable stress may not be the verdict those close would like to hear but one with which they could deal, grieve and move on. It is also the case that a coroner may decide to hear some evidence in secret where he decides there is a valid reason for doing so, removing any exuse that an inquest might endanger lives or national security. That has been denied by the Blair Brown Regime and is a disgrace whatever the eventual outcome.
In addition to a multitude of unasked or unanswered questions of a technical and forensic nature, there are other critical questions.
Normally, when someone commits suicide under extreme pressure it is not an impulsive act but something that builds over a period of hours, days, or weeks. There is evidence that David Kelly was planning to fly back to the Middle East to resume his important work in preventing the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction. This is not the mind state of someone about to commit suicide and certainly not a “text book case of suicide”.
Not until an inquest is convened and witnesses are brought to court to be examined and cross examined under oath is there any likelyhood of bringing this tragic incident to a close.
With all of the controversy, what is largely overlooked is the huge contribution David Kelly made to peace during his working lifetime. Through this work he saved the lives of untold millions. He is greatly missed by those who saw him at work and understood his considerable skills and the benefits those skills brought to the world. He is a great loss to his family, his nation and to the world. Few people make that impact in their lives.
Let us hope that a full and fair inquest will be held and that sufficient evidence can be assembled to reach a verdict that most will recognize as a truth, whatever that might be. Unfortunately, so much time has now elapsed that conspiracy theories are deeply entrenched and it may no longer be possible to satisfy everyone. That should not become an excuse for further evasion of a matter of considerable public interest