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To wonder why Dr David Kellys death didn't warrant an inquest.

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AgentZigzag Thu 09-Jun-11 14:28:57

The Attorney General has just ruled out a new inquest into Dr Kellys death.

I understand the Hutton Inquiry was supposed to be instead of that inquest, but believe his is the only suspicious death not to have a coroner's inquest which would have the power to subpoena witnesses and hear evidence under oath

I'm not given to jumping at shadows, but in this case there are serious questions that need answering, not just from the paramedics at the scene, but by the doctors last year who claimed in an open letter to the PM that there was 'insufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt he killed himself.'

Anyone got any ideas as to what went on/is going on?

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 09-Jun-11 14:38:25

Presumably an inquest would only add any value if it brought something up that hadn't been explored thoroughly in the Hutton Inquiry. The reports I've read I find quite convincing that suicide was the cause of death but I think it'll be one of those matters, however, that in the absence of a sucide note or concrete evidence of third-party involvement, will continue to attract conspiracy theories

AgentZigzag Thu 09-Jun-11 21:20:30

I think that's the problem though cogito, because things were explored in a non-confrontational way nobody really got to the bottom of what happened.

LynetteScavo Thu 09-Jun-11 21:27:29

I think at the time of the Hutton Inquiry the family seemed to be satisfied with the out come..

I was surprised, but then thought...well if it wasn't suicide maybe they are scared what could happen if they kick up a fuss and have made an conscious decision to exhibit acceptance in public.

IreneHeron Thu 09-Jun-11 21:35:09

I'm not one for conspiracy theories but when I heard the news today I was a bit saddened that they didn't decide upon an inquest. My uncle was one of the doctors who campaigned about this and I guess I had a lot of respect for him, he was a very intelligent man so I have sympathy for his point of view.

caughtinanet Thu 09-Jun-11 21:41:54

I also thought that it was a shame but listening to the speech by the (I think) Attorney General this morning he did make a good case for why he wasn't backing any further enquiries.

Cogito is right - there will always be conspiracy theorists who aren't totally convinced.

ThePathanKhansWoman Thu 09-Jun-11 21:45:59

As Dr Kellys death was a traumatic death, there should be a coroners inquest.
I think it sets a strange precedent for there not to be one.

However i can see how distressing this may be for Dr Kellys family, but i think this mans death will always be cause for speculation, until an open inquest is heard.

AgentZigzag Thu 09-Jun-11 21:53:51

The fact that the term 'conspiracy theorist' is often equated with little green men/david icke etc doesn't sit well with me.

But there are things about Dr Kellys death that suggest everything is not out in the open.

Unfortunately, deaths like that of Alexander Litvinenko are evidence to me that the 'dark actors' Dr Kelly talked of are not a figment of a bored persons imagination.

MrsDistinctlyMintyMonetarism Thu 09-Jun-11 22:28:54

Everything I know about 'dark actors' I have learned from watching Spooks (grin), but there was an episode where they showed how it could be done.

Making it look like suicide I mean.

I'm not saying that this was the case in Dr Kelly's death, and perhaps his family would prefer not to know for certain either way.

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