David Kelly

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Dr David Christopher Kelly, CMG (14 May 1944–17 July 2003) was an employee of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD), an expert in biological warfare and a former United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq. Kelly's discussion with BBC Radio 4 Today programme journalist Andrew Gilligan about the British government's dossier on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq inadvertently caused a major political scandal. He was found dead days after appearing before the Parliamentary committee charged with investigating the scandal.

Some of the Unanswered Questions

As at May 2011

  1. Operation Mason, the police code-name for the search for Dr Kelly, was officially started before his family had reported him missing. The official explanation is that operation start times are often made retrospective to cover any preceding period relevant to the operation; but if this were the reason in this case, then the start time would need to be weeks, not hours earlier. Who authorised the opening of documentation on the operation and at precise what time?
  2. Why were there no fingerprints on Dr Kelly's knife, pill packets, water bottle, glasses, mobile or watch? He wore no gloves. Police knew this when they gave evidence to Hutton but the absence of prints wasn't mentioned.
  3. Lord Hutton said photographic evidence showed Dr Kelly's body was found propped against a tree, yet the first paramedic to reach the scene said he was originally flat on his back. Who moved the body and why?
  4. Detective Constable Coe of Thames Valley Police, who guarded Dr Kelly's body after it was found, has admitted concealing the presence of an unidentified man at the scene. His Inquiry evidence indicates, in unambiguous terms, that he was with just one other person (DC Shields), whereas those who met him as he arrived at the scene say he was with TWO others. The report itself also numbers DC Coe as one of three plain clothes police officers to arrive before the official search-tasked uniformed officers. Evidence from those other officers (notably PC's Franklin and Sawyer) describe DC Coe as being with two UNIFORMED officers (Related - Item 10). These are serious anomalies which were not explored by the Inquiry and which require explanation.
  5. In 2003 Dr Kelly's friend, Mai Pederson, told police Dr Kelly couldn't cut steak because of an old injury to his right arm. How could he have slashed his left wrist? She also said he had a pill phobia.
  6. Former MP Robert Jackson has said Dr Kelly's GP, Dr Malcolm Warner, told him he saw the corpse immediately after its discovery. When Dr Warner gave evidence to the Hutton Inquiry he failed to report this. Why?
  7. All medical and scientific reports, and photographs of Dr Kelly's body were secretly classified for 70 years by Lord Hutton after the death. On what legal basis was that done and why?
  8. The death certificate does not state where he died, as it should, but was registered midway through the Hutton Inquiry anyway, before Hutton concluded how he died. Why?
  9. According to Dr Kelly's widow, police stripped wallpaper from their sitting room on the night of his disappearance. Why?
  10. Several key witnesses did not appear at Hutton. They include Paul Weaving, supposedly the last person to see Dr Kelly alive; DC Shields, one of the police first at the scene and described by other police witnesses as a 'Uniformed' officer, but by others as in plain clothes as would be expected of a DC (See item 4 above); Dr Eileen Hickey, the forensic biologist who attended Harrowdown Hill. Why?
  11. A 110ft communications mast was erected outside Dr Kelly's house immediately after he was declared missing early on July 18. Was it used to communicate with Tony Blair (en route to Tokyo from Washington) and/or his spin chief Alastair Campbell?
  12. What was the mission of the helicopter which landed at Harrowdown Hill about 90 minutes after discovery of Dr Kelly's body and which was not mentioned at all in the proceedings of the Hutton Inquiry. According to the Daily Mail, the helicopter flight log, released under FOI provisions, shows that it was on hire to the Thames valley Police and has been 'heavily redacted' [1] so the 'Authorities' clearly have things to hide concerning its mission.
  13. Whose fingerprints are on Dr Kelly's dental records file that went missing for just 24 hours from the surgery on the day of his death. Information confirming the existence of the fingerprints was released under an FOI request on 23 May 2011 and contradicts the evidence about them which was given to the Hutton Inquiry by Assistant Chief Constable Michael Page. [2]

There are probably more - Please provide answers and/or add to the list


13 August 2010. Experts urge full inquest into David Kelly death [3] [4]

LONDON — A group of prominent experts on Friday called for a full inquest into the death of government weapons inspector David Kelly, whose apparent suicide in July 2003 plunged then prime minister Tony Blair into crisis. The eight senior figures said in a letter to The Times newspaper that the official cause of death in the Kelly case, haemorrhage, was "extremely unlikely" in the light of evidence since made public. The signatories included a former coroner, Michael Powers, a former deputy coroner, Margaret Bloom, and Julian Bion, a professor of intensive care medicine.

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