Sunday, July 23, 2006
By Norman Baker MP
The Mail on Sunday
23 July 2006
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The weapons inspector’s death, three years ago this month, caused a firestorm of controversy. Now this MP – using
parliamentary questions, privileged access and forensic analysis – has mounted his own investigation, and it casts a
devastating new light on what really happened.
Three years ago, one of those events occurred that suddenly and dramatically change the political landscape. Dr David
Kelly, the UK's leading weapons inspector, was found dead under a tree on Harrowdown Hill, Oxfordshire. An inquiry set
up under Lord Hutton duly found that Dr Kelly committed suicide.
Today I challenge that conclusion. I do so on the basis that the medical evidence available simply cannot support it,
that Dr Kelly's own behaviour and character argues strongly against it, and that there were serious shortcomings in the
way the legal and investigative processes set up to consider his death were followed.
After months of intensive enquiry, I reveal new evidence which:
• Shows that the alleged method of suicide chosen, far from being common, was in fact unique. Dr Kelly was the only
person in the whole of the UK in 2003 deemed to have died in this way
• Reveals irregularities in the actions of the coroner, relating to the issuing death certificate.
• Proves that the pathologist chosen by the coroner to investigate the death had been on the Home Office approved list
for just two years, less than almost all the other 43 approved pathologists.
• Raises questions about the actions taken by the police who attended Dr Kelly's house when he was reported missing,
actions which a very senior police officer told me were bizarre.
• Uncovers the cosy cabal of friends of Tony Blair who hand-picked Lord Hutton, and why, and who fixed the rules for his
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