From: Clive Denton
Date: 2007-10-15 22:39:03
New suspicion over Kelly death – MP Press Association Monday October 15, 2007 12:48 PM New evidence surrounding the death of MoD scientist Dr David Kelly has added to suspicions that he was murdered, an MP has claimed. Liberal Democrat Norman Baker revealed no fingerprints were found on the penknife Dr Kelly apparently used to kill himself. The information was revealed after a Freedom of Information request to Thames Valley Police who conducted the immediate inquiry into his death. Dr Kelly, 59, was found dead near his Oxfordshire home in 2003, days after he was named as the source of a hugely controversial BBC story on the Iraq war. Mr Baker, who is writing a book on Dr Kelly, said evidence from the inquest showed Dr Kelly would probably have left fingerprints on the weapon. He told The Mirror: “Someone who wanted to kill themselves wouldn’t go to the lengths of wiping the knife clean of fingerprints. It is just very suspicious. It is one of the things that makes me think Dr Kelly was murdered. The case should be re-opened.” The death of Dr Kelly sparked the Hutton inquiry which would eventually clear the Government over its handling of the affair. He had met BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan who later claimed the Government had exaggerated a dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. Question marks have already been raised over Dr Kelly’s death after it was claimed neither the cut to his wrist nor the drugs he took were enough to kill him. A Thames Valley police spokeswoman said: “It has been confirmed that there were no fingerprints on the knife. This, however, does not change the official explanation for his death.” See Report Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2007, All Rights Reserved.