Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Inquest decision "not something you can rush"

Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve: Inquest decision over Iraq UN weapons inspector not imminent

9:00am Tuesday 26th October 2010

A DECISION on whether to reopen the inquest into the death of UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly is likely to be months away, the Attorney General says.

Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve, the top legal adviser to the Government, is reviewing documents to see if there is any evidence which “might cast proper doubt” on the previous enquiry - which concluded he committed suicide.

Conspiracy theories have abound since Dr Kelly’s death in 2003.

He died after being revealed as the source behind a controversial BBC story which accused the Government of ‘sexing up’ a dossier used as support for the Iraq War.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke released Post Mortem details last week, which were originally supposed to have been kept secret for 70 years.

Mr Clarke said it was to maintain confidence in the Hutton inquiry, which previously ruled Dr Kelly took his own life.

A group of doctors have called for the inquest to be reopened.

Mr Grieve told the Free Press: “The papers have been referred to me, there’s a submission from some doctors which have been in the media saying they have some concerns about the outcome of the inquiry.

"It’s now my task to review that.

“I can make an application to the High Court under certain circumstances to refer to ask for a fresh inquest or an inquest to be reopened or to take place where there’s been an enquiry.

“But that’s got to be on the basis that some evidence has come to light which might be cast proper doubt on the conclusions of whatever happened previously and that can happen in a number of circumstances.”

He added, though: “It’s not my decision to reopen the inquest it’s up to the High Court.”

The details released by Mr Clarke have already been seen by Mr Grieve along with other sensitive documents.

Mr Grieve, also MP for Marlow following the General Election, said: “I want to make quite clear at this stage we are nowhere near making the decision on that (the application to the High Court for an inquest).

“I would obviously want to do that as quick as I can but it’s not something you can rush in a few days.

“I don’t think I can put a strict timescale on it, obviously I don’t want it to drag but not something you should expect next week.

"I think it’s going to take a few months to sort out.”



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