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英タイムズ:イラク専門家で英国防省顧問ケリー博士の死を独立の法的n調査へ。議会で証言した時の写真入り。
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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2003 年 7 月 19 日 00:35:46:

英タイムズ:イラク専門家で英国防省顧問ケリー博士の死を独立の法的n調査へ。議会で証言した時の写真入り。

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1-749529,00.html


July 18, 2003
Judicial inquiry to probe death of Iraq expert
by pa news

photo: Dr David Kelly giving evidence to MPs this week

The Ministry of Defence is to hold an independent judicial inquiry into the circumstances leading up to the death of Dr David Kelly, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said today.

A body fitting the description of Dr Kelly, the missing weapons expert at the centre of the Iraq dossier row, was found by police this morning lying face down about five miles from Dr Kelly's home near Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The body was wearing clothes matching those that Dr Kelly was last seen in yesterday afternoon and was found in the middle of an area of woodland on the top of the hill. Reporters were not allowed within 600 yards of the hill, which sits in rolling south Oxfordshire countryside. The area is popular with walkers and a footpath leads from the road across a field to the hill.

It is understood that Dr Kelly's family will not be taken to identify the body formally until tomorrow. Police said that the cause of death would not be announced until a post-mortem had been carried out, also tomorrow.

The Thames Valley Police spokesman said that the case was currently being treated as an "unexplained death". Police said that no note was found either at the scene or at Dr Kelly's house.

The MoD adviser, 59, was reported missing by his family at 11.45pm yesterday when he had not returned home after telling his wife that he was going for a walk at 3pm. Fifty police officers had been involved in the search for Dr Kelly, as well as a helicopter and sniffer dogs. A number of police officers were today stationed outside the family's three-storey 18th-century farmhouse in the village of Southmoor.
Tony Blair was informed of the discovery of the body as he flew from Washington to Tokyo on his diplomatic marathon.

Dr Kelly found himself at the centre of a row over a BBC report claiming that Downing Street "sexed up" a dossier on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction after he was named as the possible "mole" who briefed the BBC reporter Andrew Gilligan.

The Government said that Dr Kelly had come forward voluntarily to admit that he had spoken to the reporter.

Dr Kelly faced a grilling on Tuesday by MPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee about what he told Mr Gilligan.

Tom Mangold, a television journalist and close friend of the scientist, said that he had spoken to Dr Kelly's wife, Janice, this morning. She said that her husband was deeply unhappy and furious at how events had unfurled.

Mr Mangold told ITV News: "She told me he had been under considerable stress, that he was very, very angry about what had happened at the [Foreign Affairs] committee, that he wasn't well, that he had been to a safe house, he hadn't liked that, he wanted to come home.

"She didn't use the word depressed, but she said he was very very stressed and unhappy about what had happened and this was really not the kind of world he wanted to live in."

Dr Kelly's appearance prompted an angry reaction from MPs on the committee who claimed that he had been "set up" by the Ministry of Defence, which had previously released a statement suggesting that he might have been the source.

Dr Kelly said that he had met Mr Gilligan a week before he broadcast his story on the Radio 4 Today programme about the Iraq dossier. But he said that he did not think he could have been the source for the story, which became the subject of a bitter row between the Government, the BBC and critics of the war on Iraq.

Dr Kelly told MPs that Mr Gilligan's account of his conversation with his source for the story was so different from their conversation that he did not believe that he could be the source.

He told MPs: "From the conversation I had I don't see how he could make the authoritative statements he was making from the comments that I made."

Dr Kelly, who worked in the MoD's counter-proliferation and arms control secretariat, said that he had contacted his line manager after Mr Gilligan gave evidence to the committee because he thought it was possible he was the source.

He said that they had met in the Charing Cross Hotel in London - where Mr Gilligan also met his source - and that elements of his story were similar to things that they had discussed, such as a suggestion that there was a 30 per cent probability that Iraq had chemical weapons.

Donald Anderson, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said today: "I was shocked when I heard the news and I am sure the hearts of all the committee go out to his family.

"The Committee interviewed him on Tuesday and he seemed to be relaxed and on top of things"

Mr Anderson said that Dr Kelly had spoken very softly throughout his time giving evidence, but he did not know whether that was his natural speaking voice or whether he was nervous. "He is a scientist, not a journalist," he said.

One Tory MP on the committee, Sir John Stanley, said that Dr Kelly had acted in a "proper and honourable manner" in coming forward but had been "thrown to the wolves" by the MoD.

"You were being exploited to rubbish Mr Gilligan and his source," he suggestsed to Dr Kelly when the scientist appeared before the committee to give evidence.

Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay said that he believed Dr Kelly was "chaff", thrown up by the MoD to divert attention. "Have you ever felt like the fall guy? You have been set up haven't you?" he told Dr Kelly. Dr Kelly replied: "I accept the process."

Mr Mangold, Dr Kelly's friend, said that the scientist was a source to many reporters. His ambition was to help serious journalists understand a complex topic. "He was a man whose brain could boil water, he used words with tremendous precision, he used them as weapons," he said.

"There was nothing he didn't know about biological warfare and there wasn't much he didn't know about WMD."

Mr Mangold expressed anger at the way Dr Kelly had been treated in recent weeks. He said: "If Dave Kelly is dead, he is dead because of something that happened in journalism which means that we all have to look to our consciences," he said.

"He was not passionately interested in journalism or journalists, he was passionately interested in what happens in Iraq. That was one of the reasons why Saddam Hussein wanted him out more than anybody else."

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