Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Dr David Kelly post-mortem files to be released

Weapons inspector Dr David Kelly's wounds were typical of self-injury, according to documents relating to his death

Details of the post-mortem examination into the death of David Kelly, the government scientist at the centre of the Iraq weapons of mass destruction scandal, are expected to be released this morning at 9am.

The Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, will publish medical reports on how the weapons inspector died, against the wishes of his family.

He will release the documents, which Lord Hutton had recommended remain secret for 70 years, because of "overriding public concern" over the contents of the post-mortem examination, although last-minute wrangling between Whitehall departments have led to doubts over the release.

Dr Kelly committed suicide in July 2003 after it was disclosed that he had been speaking to journalists about his work as a weapons inspector in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

A group of doctors have suggested the method in which Dr Kelly is said to have killed himself, by slashing his wrists, would not have led to sufficient bleeding to cause his death. Campaigners will hope these files provide the evidence needed to justify holding a formal inquest, which Dr Kelly has never had.

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