Monday, December 13, 2004

Questions Raised About Kelly's "Suicide"

I just think it is incredibly unlikely that he died from the wrist wound we saw. There just wasn’t a lot of blood. When someone cuts an artery, whether accidentally or intentionally, the blood pumps everywhere." - VANESSA HUNT, PARAMEDIC

Dr. David Kelly, the British microbiologist and former UNSCOM weapons inspector who was named as a possible source of a BBC report that the British government had "sexed up" its dossier on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, died of self-inflicted wounds according to the official British government Hutton Inquiry. Two paramedics who attended to Kelly's body at the apparent death scene question this finding. If Kelly had slit his wrist, thereby opening arteries, much more blood would have been apparent at the scene. There was, according to the medics, very little blood.

While some experts
question the paramedics' forensic qualifications and dispute their claims (one such expert suggesting that "the blood could have gone straight into the ground"), others point to them as further evidence that the Hutton Inquiry was flawed--perhaps by design.

There are no plans to reopen the inquiry. Case closed?

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