The Mail on Sunday
Senior Tory backs call to reopen Kelly probe
A SENIOR Conservative MP has signalled that the investigation into the death of Government weapons inspector Dr David Kelly should be reopened.
In a letter passed to The Mail on Sunday, Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve questions the judgment of Lord Hutton, who chaired the inquiry into the death.
Dr Kelly was found near his Oxfordshire home in July 2003 after being exposed as the source of a BBC news report questioning the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Lord Hutton concluded that Dr Kelly committed suicide by severing an artery in his wrist.
But doctors campaigning for a coroner’s inquest have cast doubt on Lord Hutton’s findings.
In his letter to coroners’ law expert Dr Michael Powers QC, Mr Grieve writes: ‘I am aware of the work of the doctors’ group on challenging Lord Hutton’s findings. They have made an impressive and cogent case.’
In January the doctors applied to the Ministry of Justice to see Dr Kelly’s post-mortem report. So far the MoJ has not released it.
Mr Grieve adds: ‘This is something I would review if in Government as I am conscious this is a matter where the public have not been reassured that the Hutton Inquiry satisfactorily resolved the matter.’
His remarks come two months after this newspaper revealed Lord Hutton ruled that evidence relating to the case should not be released for 70 years.
Within 48 hours of our report, Lord Hutton said he would be happy for the doctors to see the records but the information is still being withheld.