I believe David Kelly did not commit suicide – and I will prove it
There were too many unanswered questions, none of which was resolved by the Hutton Inquiry As time has gone by, those questions have gnawed away at me. And I am not alone. In January 2004, three doctors – David Halpin, a specialist in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, Stephen Frost, a specialist in diagnostic radiology, and Searle Sennett, a specialist in anaesthesiology – voiced their doubts about the suicide verdict in a letter to The Guardian. They said Dr Kelly could not have killed himself in the way described to the Hutton Inquiry. Now, having resigned my frontbench role for the Lib Dems earlier this year, I have found the time to conduct my own investigation.
British LibDem MP Norman Baker investigates Dr David Kelly’s death
VIDEO: Norman Baker MP on the Death of Dr David Kelly
British LibDem MP Norman Baker is now two months into a private, year-long investigation into the death of Dr David Kelly, the scientist who found himself under seige after apparently accusing the government of ‘sexing up’ the case for war to a BBC journalist. The Hutton Inquiry, framed as a battle between the government and the BBC, failed to probe the manner in which Dr Kelly met his death. Suicide was largely assumed, but the blunt gardening knife found at the scene, the fact that only a single ulnar artery was transected, the lack of blood splattering, and the tiny amount of co-proxamol residue found in Dr Kelly’s stomach, points up the need for closer scrutiny. In a debut TV appearance on the subject – GMTV’s ‘The Sunday Programme’ – Mr Baker invited those with relevant information to contact him. He will be producing a report or book on his findings next year, but his stated aim is to above all arrive at the truth.
Why I believe David Kelly’s death may have been murder, by MP
David Kelly did not commit suicide and may have been the victim of a murder and subsequent coverup, according to a campaigning MP. His concerns begin with the method of Dr Kelly’s supposed suicide, cutting a minor artery with a blunt gardening knife. He would have been the only person that year to have successfully killed themselves that way in the UK.
New questions over death of David Kelly
Alarming new questions about the death of Iraq weapons inspector David Kelly have been raised as a major investigation cast doubt on the official verdict that he committed suicide. The inquiry by campaigning MP Norman Baker will spark renewed speculation about how the Government’s leading expert on weapons of mass destruction was found dead in a field in Oxfordshire three years ago. In particular, the dossier compiled by the Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes shows that the method of suicide said to have been chosen by Dr Kelly, far from being common as was claimed at the time, was in fact unique. Dr Kelly was the only person in the United Kingdom that year deemed to have died from severing the ulnar artery in his wrist, a particularly difficult and painful process as the artery is deep and Dr Kelly had only a blunt garden knife.
Weapons inspector’s death ‘was not suicide’
A senior MP yesterday challenged an official inquiry’s finding that Government scientist David Kelly committed suicide. Weapons inspector Dr Kelly was the man at the heart of the furore over the Government’s dossier on Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction, and his death in 2003 led to the Hutton Inquiry. Yesterday, Liberal Democrat backbencher Norman Baker published his own dossier of evidence which he believes casts considerable doubt on the inquiry’s key conclusion that Dr Kelly killed himself. “Today, I challenge that conclusion,” wrote Mr Baker in the Mail on Sunday. “I do so on the basis that the medical evidence available simply cannot sustain it, that Dr Kelly’s own behaviour and character argues against it and that there were serious shortcomings in the way the legal and investigative processes set up to consider his death were followed.”
Will we ever be told the truth about the death of Dr David Kelly?
Mr Baker has not only found experts who confirm the analysis of the three doctors about the discrepancies and scientific improbabilities in the official account. He has also discovered that only one person in the UK was said to have killed himself by slitting his ulnar artery that year — and that was Dr Kelly. This is hardly surprising since this is just about the most improbable way to commit suicide, made even more difficult by the inappropriate knife that Dr Kelly is said to have used. More explosively still, however, are Mr Baker’s discoveries (published in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday) about the behaviour of the police and the coroner.
Michael Shrimpton, a barrister specialising in national security and intelligence law
Transcript: Alex Jones Interviews Michael Shrimpton: The Murder of Dr. David Kelly
MS: “In my judgement, based on conversations with sources and with medical experts and a great deal of work has been done over this since the murder, he was probably murdered by a combination of an injection, not through tablets, but an intravenous injection of Dextropropoxythene and paracetamol, the constituents of Co-Proxamol, and a muscle relaxant called Succinylcholine. Now Succinylcholine is a favourite method of assassinating people, it’s used by intelligence agencies, particularly the French DGSE. Succinylcholine, although it’s used therapeutically for treating [inaudible] incubation and so on, can be lethal and in combination with the constituents of Co-Proxamol, 30 milligrammes would probably have been a lethal dose. The problem for someone investigating an assassination by Succinylcholine is that it metabolises even after death and you only pick up the metabolites. In other words it’s one of those drugs that leaves no trace unless you have a very expert pathologist who really knows what he or she is doing.”
Kelly ‘warned of dark actors’ games’
Dr Kelly’s e-mail gave no indication he was depressed
Iraq weapons expert Dr David Kelly reportedly warned of “many dark actors playing games” in an e-mail sent hours before he bled to death from a slashed wrist. The message, sent to a journalist, appeared to refer to officials within the Ministry of Defence and British intelligence agencies with whom he had sparred over interpretations of weapons reports, according to the New York Times.
Dark Actors at the Scene of David Kelly’s Death
Kelly inquest will not be reopened
Lord Hutton’s inquiry was deemed to remove the need for a full inquest
WHAT IS THE ‘KELLY INVESTIGATION GROUP’?
On 15th July 2003 British government scientist Dr David Kelly defended himself before a televised Foreign Affairs Committee against the charge that he had accused the British government of using false intelligence to justify invading Iraq. Three days later the world was stunned when he was found dead on Harrowdown Hill. A judgement of ‘suicide’, planted early on by police to reporters, was reinforced by a hastily-convened ‘Hutton Inquiry’ which adeptly shifted emphasis away from Dr Kelly’s death and onto reprehensibility of key players in government and at the BBC.
Dr David Kelly
In 2003 Dr David Kelly was found dead in the woods. Caught up in a political vortex, Dr Kelly had been forced to appear before a televised government committee investigating whether or not he had accused Blair’s aide Alistair Campbell of planting in a dossier the questionable claim that WMDs could be unleashed from Iraq in 45 minutes. The Hutton Inquiry concluded that Dr Kelly, in anguish over his treatment, took his own life. But did he? The Kelly Investigation Group takes a closer look….