Monday, December 19, 2011

Inquest challenge refused

David Kelly inquest challenge rejected by high court

Doctor denied permission to seek ruling that attorney general acted unlawfully by refusing to back new inquiry into the death

Press Association, Monday 19 December 2011 17.07 GMT

A doctor has been refused permission to bring a high court challenge over the attorney general's decision not to back a new inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly.

The government weapons inspector died in July 2003, aged 59.

Following a public inquiry, a report by Lord Hutton ruled that Kelly had killed himself. Hutton later rejected claims that his report amounted to a "whitewash".

The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, concluded in June this year that there was no possibility that any inquest would reach a verdict other than suicide.

On Monday, Mr Justice Nicol refused David Halpin, a retired orthopaedic surgeon and one of a group of doctors campaigning for a new inquest, permission to seek a ruling that the attorney general had acted "unlawfully and irrationally".

There were cries of "shame" and "this is not justice" from members of the public as the decision was announced.

19 December 2011 Last updated at 17:02

Dr David Kelly inquest ruling challenge fails

A bid to bring a High Court challenge over the attorney general's refusal to give his consent for a new inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly has failed.

Government scientist Dr Kelly was found dead in July 2003 aged 59 after he was exposed as the source of a BBC story about Iraq intelligence.

Campaigners had sought a judicial review of the decision, which backed a finding that Dr Kelly killed himself.

The attorney general said in June the evidence for this was "overwhelming".

Dominic Grieve concluded there was no possibility that an inquest would reach any verdict other than suicide - the conclusion drawn from an inquiry into the death by Lord Hutton - and he rejected claims of a "cover-up".

But a group of doctors said Hutton's ruling was unsafe, claiming the evidence did not point to suicide. They mounted a long-running campaign for the inquest to be re-opened.

'Not justice'

On Monday, Mr Justice Nicol refused permission for one of the group, retired orthopaedic surgeon David Halpin, to seek a ruling that the attorney general had acted "unlawfully and irrationally".

Mr Halpin's lawyer, John Cooper QC, had told the court "public anguish" remained over the case, along with concerns the Hutton Inquiry had failed to get to the truth.

As the decision was announced there were cries of "shame" and "this is not justice" from members of the public.

Outside court, Mr Halpin said he was disappointed but not surprised by the decision.

Dr Kelly's body was found in woods near his home in Oxfordshire, after he was exposed as the source of a controversial BBC report casting doubt on the government's claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction capable of being fired within 45 minutes.

The report led to a fierce row between the BBC and the then Labour government.

An inquest was opened but suspended when the Hutton Inquiry was set up in 2004 to look into the circumstances of Dr Kelly's death.

Its report concluded Dr Kelly had killed himself by cutting an artery in his wrist. The original inquest was never concluded.

New dossier

In March this year, the campaigners handed to Mr Grieve a new dossier containing details about the absence of fingerprints on items found near his body.

But Mr Grieve concluded in June that the inquiry was "tantamount to an inquest". He said he could not find any legal basis for referring the case to the High Court, which has the legal authority to order an inquest.

His department published full medical and pathology reports on Dr Kelly's death.

In September, the campaigners lodged papers to seek a judicial review of the decision not to hold a new inquest.

Rejecting Mr Halpin's application to seek judicial review, the judge described how it was the attorney general's role to act as a "filter" before matters reached court.

"Parliament considered it necessary for such a filter," he said. "In my judgment he (the attorney general) has exercised that discretion and power lawfully."

The court said there was "no impropriety" or procedural flaw in the way Mr Grieve had considered the evidence and concluded a new inquest was unnecessary.

Mr Halpin, 71, from Haytor, Newton Abbott, Devon, was ordered to pay £5,568 towards the attorney general's legal costs.

"Dr Kelly's death has not been investigated properly. There has been no inquest," he said outside court.

"The Hutton Inquiry had more holes than a Gruyere cheese."

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tomorrow's hearing

From Political Cleanup dot Org:

...On Monday 19 December 2011 a special hearing will take place at the High Court in London as part of the legal challenge which David Halpin is attempting to bring against the government’s recent decision not to hold a coroner’s inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly. He is seeking a judicial review of the Attorney General’s refusal to facilitate a new inquest.

The High Court has now published details of where and when David Halpin’s hearing will take place.

It is scheduled to begin at 10.30am on Monday 19 December. It will be held in Court 3 of the Royal Courts of Justice before Mr Justice Nicol. It is expected to last two hours.

The nearest Tube stations to the court are Temple and Chancery Lane.

Due to the expected public interest in the hearing, and the airport-style security checks which must be made on entering the building, it may be wise to arrive 30 – 60 minutes early to guarantee a seat.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A baseless conspiracy theory...

...or a matter of some importance?

Letter to Prime Minister David Cameron about a very serious matter indeed

Dear Prime Minister,

While watching the television programme called One Step Beyond, on Edge Media TV, on Tuesday 6th December 2011, an Oxford economist and investigative journalist, called Martin Summers, made an amazing accusation concerning yourself.

According to his sources he claims that during the late 1980’s and early 90’s, South Africa sold ten uranium nuclear war-heads.

Allegedly six were sold to the US Government, and four were sold to the British Government, via Astra Holdings, a subsidiary company of Astra Fireworks.

Its claimed that Astra Holdings was funded by a number of senior Tory politicians, including Michael Heseltine and William Waldegrave, organised by Sir Kenneth Warren.

They are alleged to have brought the four war heads from Arms Corp of South Africa, on behalf of the British Government for £50 million.

Three people (Sir Kenneth Warren, Dr David Kelly and yourself Mr David Cameron), were alleged to have gone went to South Africa to finalise this deal; mediated by an Zimbabwean arms dealer called John Bredenkamp.

Allegedly the nuclear war-heads were transported to the country of Oman, where-upon Dr David Kelly went out to check on them, only to find they had been replaced with blocks of concrete.

This allegation implies British tax payers spent £50 million, which went into the pockets of the Astra Holdings shareholders pockets, of which £17.8 million was alleged to have been donated to the Tory party to fight the 1992 General Election.

Doug Hoyle, Labour MP asked in Parliament where the money came from, to which no satisfactory has ever been answer given.

It also raises serious implications in light of the Nuclear Explosions (Prohibition and Inspections) Act 1998, which states in Section 1-

(1)Any person who knowingly causes a nuclear weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life.

Allegedly, one of the four war heads did go off in North Korea, during 2006, which resulted a 'fizzle explosion'.

As you can imagine this information is seriously worrying to hear and I am writing as a concerned voter and leader of the SOS Party (, to ask you in the first person whether these allegations are true.

Is it true Prime Minister?

I look forward to your reply.

Yours Faithfully,
Matthew Taylor