Six top British doctors have launched legal action to demand an inquest into the murder of former government scientist and UN weapons inspector David Kelly, who exposed that the UK knew ahead of the Iraq invasion that they did not possess WMD’s.
They are to publish a hard-hitting report which they claim proves the weapons expert did not commit suicide as the Hutton Report decided...
Dr Kelly was found dead at a beauty spot near his Oxfordshire home in 2003, days after he was exposed as the source of a story that Tony Blair's government 'sexed-up' its dossier on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction to justify invading Iraq.
Lord Falconer, a former roomate of Tony Blair, had suspended the initial inquest, performed through the Hutton Inquiry, which concluded that Dr Kelly had sliced his own wrist.
However, leading medical experts believe that suicide was unlikely.
"The primary cause of death is given as hemorrhage. And we do not believe, as surgeons, that such hemorrhage would have been so rapid or so voluminous that Dr Kelly would have died from that. We want to see an inquest for Dr Kelly. I think it’s highly likely it will be found that there was foul play," says Dr David Halpin, an orthopedic surgeon...
The Hutton Inquiry was legally unique, using its own rules and procedures to examine the cause of a single death.
A British member of parliament says the normal rules for inquests were not applied.
"No one was required to give evidence under oath, nobody could be found guilty of perjury, there was no proper cross-examination and all the normal safeguards related to a coroner’s inquest were simply not present. A proper inquest into the death of David Kelly, that’s not happened. And even if you don’t subscribe to my view that he was murdered, you would agree, I hope, that everybody is entitled to an inquest if they die a violent death," says Norman Baker, a Liberal Democrat MP.
A documentary released by the CBC in March called Anthrax War traces the recent history of biowarfare and the mysterious deaths of those involved including Dr Kelly.
Anthrax War also investigates the mysterious deaths of some of the world's leading anthrax scientists, including Dr. David Kelly, the UK's top military microbiologist, the Soviet defector Dr. Vladimir Pasechnik, and Dr. Bruce Ivins. The FBI claims - despite the doubts of highly ranked U.S. officials - that Ivins was the only person behind the U.S. anthrax murders.
In tracing the 2001 bio-terror attacks in the U.S. to the heart of the U.S. bio-defense program, this film raises an alarm. These attacks that helped prepare a country for war have also spawned a multi-billion dollar bio-defense boom. The line between bio-offense and bio-defense is becoming extremely thin. Biological weapons research is now being conducted by corporations and private labs without effective government oversight. The international treaty prohibiting the development of offensive bio-weapons may no longer be sufficient to keep the world from drifting towards the unthinkable – biological warfare.
More background on the death of Dr. Kelly can be found in this previous diary.