By Miles Goslett and Stephen Frost
Global Research, June 27, 2010
The official story of Dr David Kelly is that he took his own life in an Oxfordshire wood by
overdosing on painkillers and cutting his left wrist with a pruning
Mystery: A new investigation into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly has revealed shocking new claims of a government cover-up
Many believe the truth about the manner of Dr Kellys death has never been established properly. Some even fear that the
59-year-old, the worlds leading expert in biological and chemical
Of course, it would be easy to dismiss these sceptics as wild conspiracy theorists but for the fact they include eminent
doctors and MPs.
The blanket of secrecy thrown over the case by the last Labour Government has only fuelled the sense of mystery.
In January this year, it emerged that unpublished medical and scientific records relating to Dr Kellys death - including
the post-mortem report and photographs of his body - had been secretly
Lord Hutton, who had been appointed by Blair, was responsible for this extraordinary gagging order, yet its legal basis
has baffled experts accustomed to such matters.
Against this shadowy background, we have conducted a rigorous and thorough investigation into the mystery that surrounds the
death of David Kelly. And our investigation has turned up evidence which
Our new revelations include the ambiguous nature of the wording on Dr Kellys death certificate; the existence of an
anonymous letter which says his colleagues were warned to stay away from
Suicide? An aerial view of Harrowdown Hill, Oxfordshire, where Dr David Kelly's body was discovered in July 2003
Until now, details of Dr Kellys death certificate have never been made public.
But the certificate was obtained by a group of leading doctors who have spent almost seven years investigating the
case; doctors who believe it is medically implausible that he died in
Near the top of all British death certificates is a box headed Date and place of death, in which a doctor or coroner
should declare the exact location of a death, if it has been
Dr Kellys certificate gives his date of death as July 18, 2003. It then states in reference to place of death: Found
dead at Harrowdown Hill, Longworth, Oxon.
Why was the word found used? Why was the crucial question of place of death not answered? The death certificate should
be precise about the time, cause and location of death.
The doctors who have investigated the case believe the failure to answer this question leaves open the possibility that Dr
Kelly died somewhere other than Harrowdown Hill, the wood where his body
Dr David Kelly leaving The House of Commons, Tuesday July 15, 2003 after giving evidence to the Commons select committee
Any such irregularity would inevitably add to the pressure to reopen the case. Indeed, earlier this month it was revealed
that Justice Secretary Ken Clarke and Attorney General Dominic Grieve,
To this day, the location where Dr Kelly died remains a mystery yet it is surely the most basic requirement of an
investigation into any violent or unexpected death.
Nor was the question of the location of death raised at the Hutton Inquiry.
Amazingly, Chief Inspector (now Superintendent) Alan Young of Thames Valley Police, who headed the investigation into Dr
Kellys death, did not even give evidence to the Hutton Inquiry.
Significantly, it emerged via a Freedom of Information request in 2008 that a police helicopter with heat-seeking
equipment which searched for Dr Kelly on the night he disappeared did
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Search: It is claimed that on the night Dr David Kelly went missing, officers from Thames Valley Police removed wallpaper from his house
At 2.50am on July 18, 2003, the helicopter flew over the exact spot where Dr Kellys body was found by a search party less
than six hours later, at 8.30am.
Yet the pathologist who took Dr Kellys body temperature at 7pm on the day his body was found determined that Dr
Kelly could still have been alive at 1.15am on July 18 just 95 minutes
If that was the case, the body would have been warm enough to be picked up by the helicopters heat sensors. Why didnt the
helicopter pick it up? Was it because Dr Kelly did not die where his
A full coroners inquest, which, by law, must be held following any sudden, unexpected or violent death, would have addressed
But no full inquest was ever held.
Oxfordshire Coroner Nicholas Gardiner opened an inquest on July 21. But on August 13 the then Lord Chancellor Lord
Falconer, Tony Blairs former flatmate, ordered it to be adjourned
Falconer used an obscure law to suspend proceedings, and for the first time in English legal history he replaced an inquest
with a non-statutory public inquiry to examine a single death, seemingly
When we tracked Mr Gardiner down, he refused to say whether he was either happy or unhappy about this decision, but he did
admit: Public inquiries of this sort are very rare creatures. I think
In fact, it was the fourth. Using a public inquiry to replace a coroners inquest - under Section 17a of the Coroners Act -
in order to examine a death has only ever happened in three other cases.
These were the incidents in which 31 people were killed in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash in 2000; the 311 deaths
connected with Dr Harold Shipman; and the 36 deaths associated with the
The public was led to believe that the death of Dr Kelly would be investigated more rigorously by the Hutton Inquiry than
by a coroner.
Conclusion: Lord Hutton's inquiry ended while the judge was still taking evidence from witnesses.
Coroner Nicholas Gardiner, right, refused to say whether he was either
But it is now clear that the opposite was in fact true - for Hutton lacked the powers of a coroner. He could not hear
evidence under oath; he could not subpoena witnesses; he could not call a
Astonishingly, on August 18, less than three weeks into the Hutton Inquiry, which opened on August 1, Dr Kellys death
certificate was mysteriously completed and the cause of his death
Put another way, five weeks before the Hutton Inquiry ended on September 24, 2003, and while the judge was still taking
evidence about Dr Kellys death from witnesses, the official record of
Misleadingly, the death certificate states an inquest did take place on August 14 - even though we now know no inquest
actually happened. And extraordinarily, though it bears the signature of
Dr Kelly was discovered on Harrowdown Hill, next to woodland at the top centre left of the picture
Dr Michael Powers QC, a former coroner and an expert in coroners law who is working to secure a full and proper inquest,
said: This death certificate is evidence of a failure properly to
This is remarkable. To my mind it is evidence that the inquiry into Dr Kellys death was window-dressing because the
conclusion had already been determined.
Since January 2004 a group of doctors has worked unstintingly for a fresh inquest to be held into David Kellys death
because of the blatant shortcomings of the Hutton Inquiry.
They are radiologist Stephen Frost, trauma surgeon David Halpin, vascular surgeon Martin Birnstingl, epidemiologist Andrew
Rouse and internal medicine specialist
A letter they wrote to the Press in January 2004 marked the first time anyone had raised the possibility in the
mainstream media of Dr Kellys death not being a suicide.
In 2009 they spent almost a year researching and writing a medical report which disputes Huttons assertion that Dr Kelly
died from haemorrhage after severing the ulnar artery in his left
In January this year they discovered that Lord Hutton made the extraordinary 70-year gagging order.
Since then they have asked via their lawyers Leigh Day & Co to see the classified records, but under the last Labour
Government, the Ministry of Justice - the department which holds them -
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, who in 2007 wrote a book suggesting that Dr Kelly was murdered, used the Freedom of
Information Act in January to apply to the Ministry of Justice to see
British police officers guard a road leading to Harrowdown Hill near the home of Dr Kelly in Oxfordshire
His request was also denied. Using section 41 of the Act - known as an absolute exemption - the ministry said it was not
obliged to reveal the information.
Mr Baker, now a transport minister in the coalition government, has appealed against this decision. But he and the group of
doctors are not the only ones who harbour suspicions about a cover-up of
Only last month one of the doctors, David Halpin, received an anonymous and carefully worded letter from someone claiming
to be a relative of a former colleague of David Kellys at the Ministry
The correspondent said Kellys colleagues were warned off attending his funeral - presumably by MoD officials,
although this is not made explicit.
Similarly, in his recently published book The End Of The Party, the political commentator Andrew Rawnsley (who has close
links with the Labour high command) claims that Geoff Hoon, Defence
According to Rawnsley, he planned to make a speech about the [David] Kelly affair that he told friends could trigger the
instant downfall of the Prime Minister.
Frustratingly, there are no more details in Rawnsleys book about what Hoon was referring to - but Hoon visited Dr
Kellys widow shortly after his death and has never publicly denied this
Equally inexplicable is the attitude of Dr Nicholas Hunt, the forensic pathologist who attended the scene when Dr Kellys
body was found on Harrowdown Hill.
Dr Hunts duty as forensic pathologist is to help uphold the rule of law. In March 2004, after the Hutton Report was
published, Dr Hunt contacted Channel 4 News and said he thought a full
Yet mysteriously, he says now that - despite contacting the TV station - he has maintained a silence on this
[matter] on behalf of the [Kelly] family for a very long time.
Tragic: Dr David Kelly's grave at St Mary's church in Longworth, Oxfordshire. Several doctors argued
that the wounds to his left wrist would not have caused him to bleed to
Adding further to the case for a proper inquest is a new fascinating claim by a woman who has also worked closely with the
doctors and helped Norman Baker with his book.
Rowena Thursby, a former publishing executive who became fascinated with the case and started looking into it, told us
that Dr Kellys widow, Janice, admitted to her that on the night Dr
It later emerged that while the Kellys were outside, officers stripped wallpaper from their sitting room. Why would they have
done that? Could they have been sweeping his property for listening
It is certainly a possibility. Despite the fact that the Labour government patronisingly dismissed him as a Walter Mitty
character and nothing more than a middle ranking
We have established that he had access to the highest levels of the security services and was cleared to see the most highly
The claim that police removed wallpaper from his house has never been confirmed or denied by Thames Valley Police they
refuse to make any comments about the Kelly case.
All these new revelations add weight to the list of unanswered questions surrounding Dr Kellys death, such as why were no
fingerprints found on the knife with which he allegedly killed himself
As with the extraordinary details of the helicopter search, this vital information was only obtained using the Freedom of
Information Act almost five years after the Hutton
The doctors insist that concern about Dr Kellys death will continue to deepen until a full coroners inquest is heard.
If one is finally granted, many will expect Tony Blair and Lord Falconer
Until this happens their reputations will continue to suffer, as will the reputation of the British legal system. The
unavoidable conclusion must be that a full coroners inquest is the only
This report was also published by the Mail online. Copyright Miles Goslett, Stephen Frost, 2010.
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