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ガーデイアン7月22日付け最新記事:より詳しい「ケリー事件」調査委員長ハットン宣言と政治的駆け引き状況。
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投稿者 木村愛二 日時 2003 年 7 月 22 日 18:48:19:

ガーデイアン7月22日付け最新記事:より詳しい「ケリー事件」調査委員長ハットン宣言と政治的駆け引き状況。

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/kelly/story/0,13747,1003370,00.html
Special report: David Kelly Special report: politics and the media

I'll decide extent of inquiry, says judge

Critics from the three main parties demand wider review of the government's use of Iraq intelligence

Michael White, political editor
Tuesday July 22, 2003
The Guardian

Lord Hutton, the senior law lord appointed to investigate the death of David Kelly, yesterday announced his determination to resist all outside pressure that might inhibit the scope of his inquiry.

In most circumstances that would be enough to quell doubts about the range and authority of Lord Hutton's investigation - most of which will be conducted in public.

In the current fevered atmosphere, it left opposition MPs and others still raising questions, not least about how Dr Kelly's name got into the public domain.

Downing Street's hopes that Lord Hutton will leave policy issues to the two parliamentary investigations already in progress and concentrate on the last week of Dr Kelly's life may not be fulfilled.

No 10 ducked such questions yesterday. But Charles Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat leader, said: "Clearly in getting to the bottom of this tragedy, Lord Hutton will have to touch on some of the wider aspects of the case the government made for going to war."

That view is widely shared. Robin Cook, the former cabinet minister, yesterday endorsed it. So did Richard Shepherd, the libertarian Conservative MP, who argued that Lord Hutton must be allowed to see all the raw intelligence data that prompted BBC claims that No 10 had "sexed up" pre-war dossiers on Iraq's weapons arsenal.

Such data is currently being examined by the intelligence and security committee of senior peers and MPs, meeting in private. They will decide the narrow point of contention between No 10 and the BBC over the prominence given to the 45-minute readiness claim on weapons of mass destruction.

That is not good enough, Mr Shepherd told the Guardian. "Tony Blair could have sorted out this side issue by appointing a judge to decide what happened weeks ago. Who cares about the vanity of Alastair Campbell and the BBC compared with the much bigger question of sending people to war?"

Mr Blair has already signalled his own willingness to give evidence to Lord Hutton - curtailing his family holiday if necessary - and senior BBC executives were also eager to provide their account of dealings with the weapons specialist, the "prime source" of their disputed reports, who apparently committed suicide on Thursday.

But the fact that the inquiry has been set up as a "quickie" - likely to report in the early autumn - prompted some critics, including the shadow home secretary, Oliver Letwin, to insist that a full-blown 1921 Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act investigation would be more suitable.

That would allow Lord Hutton to subpoena witnesses, something No 10 says is not needed because the main players are keen to cooperate. At a photo-opportunity at the Department for Constitutional Affairs the 72-year-old Lord Hutton yesterday sought to address such fears.

"It will be for me to decide as I think right within my terms of reference the matters which will be the subject of my investigation," he said. "I intend to sit in public in the near future to state how I intend to conduct the inquiry and toconsider the extent to which interested parties and bodies should be represented by counsel or solicitors."

That amounted to a hint that key witnesses such as Mr Campbell or even the defence secretary, Geoff Hoon, could have lawyers at their sides. So far witnesses such as Andrew Gilligan, the BBC reporter at the centre of the drama, have appeared with a senior colleague as an observer. Dr Kelly was accompanied before select committees by two Ministry of Defence minders.

Mr Blair's spokesman said: "It's up to Lord Hutton to decide who he wants to talk to, when he wants to talk to them and in what conditions he wants to talk to them."

Mr Letwin told Radio 4's Today programme: "There are very large numbers of questions which all centre on the issue of whether the public can trust what the government tells it and which relate to the information given to parliament and the public during the lead-up to war in Iraq."

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