20 Oct 2007
WEAPONS expert Dr David Kelly, who exposed the government's "sexed up" dossier justifying the invasion of Iraq, was assassinated, an MP claimed today.
Politician Norman Baker believes Dr Kelly did not commit suicide but was killed to stop him making further revelations.
Mr Baker said the murderers may have been anti-Saddam Iraqis, and suggested the crime was covered up by the British establishment to stop a diplomatic crisis. The LibDem MP, who gave up his frontbench post to carry out a year-long investigation, makes his claims in a new book. The official Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr Kelly ruled in 2004 that he slashed one of his wrists with a garden knife and took an overdose after being "outed" as the mole who revealed the flawed argument for invading Iraq.
Mr Baker reportedly said: "The more I examined [Lord Hutton's verdict], the more it became clear to me that Hutton's judgement was faulty and suspect in virtually all important respects."