The investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly would be re-opened under a Tory government, according to a senior Conservative. Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve said the public has 'not been reassured' that the Whitehall scientist took his own life.
Mr Grieve said that, if the Tories take power, he would 'review' the evidence that Dr Kelly killed himself - a conclusion which has been repeatedly challenged by experts. An inquiry led by Lord Hutton concluded that the scientist committed suicide in July 2003... [However]
The campaigning doctors say the artery Dr Kelly severed is too small and difficult to access and cutting it could not have caused death...
Mr Grieve's letter, to Dr Michael Powers QC, an expert on coroners' law, follows revelations that Lord Hutton secretly ruled that evidence relating to the case, including Dr Kelly's post-mortem report, should not be released for 70 years. Lord Hutton later said he would be happy for the doctors to see the records, including photographs of Dr Kelly's body, but still the information is being withheld. When asked this weekend for his view on the Ministry of Justice's delay in releasing the documents, Lord Hutton refused to comment.
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has claimed Dr Kelly did not commit suicide and might have been the victim of a murder and subsequent cover-up.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
From the Daily Mail, excerpts follow:
Posted by Meryl Nass, M.D. at 6:18 AM