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電極パッド(electro-cardiogram electrode pads)は多分、私も何度か経験した心電図の検査に使われるものと同様の構造であろうが、CIAなどの秘密情報機関が、「嘘発見器」で使うものも、同じようなものではないだろうか。
August 01, 2003
Hutton inquiry to call Blair as witness
by pa news
* Heart pads found on Dr Kelly's body
photo: Lord Hutton
Tony Blair and all the other key players will be called to give evidence to the inquiry into the death Dr David Kelly, the weapons expert, Lord Hutton confirmed today.
The law lord made the announcement as he set out the scope of his inquiry into why Dr Kelly took his life after becoming embroiled in the row between the Government and the BBC over a dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, the BBC journalist, Andrew Gilligan, the Prime Minister's Director of Communications, Alastair Campbell, Gavyn Davies, the BBC chairman,and Dr Kelly's widow, Janice, will all be asked to appear.
Lord Hutton revealed today that four electro-cardiogram electrode pads were on Dr Kelly's body when it was found in an Oxfordshire beauty spot on July 18. Two pads were over each side of the upper chest area and two over each side of the lower chest area.
The details came from the post-mortem on Dr Kelly carried out by Dr Nicholas Hunt, a Home Office pathologist. He said that in the opinion of Dr Hunt the main factor in bringing about Dr Kelly's death was bleeding from an incised wound to his left wrist.
He said Dr Hunt found that Dr Kelly had removed his watch and spectacles in a way which suggested an act of self-harm.
Dr Hunt had also said that Dr Kelly had a significant degree of coronary artery disease and that this may have played some small part in the speed of death, but not a major part in the cause of death.
Lord Hutton stressed that the inquiry would be conducted by him alone, and would not be a trial of conflicting views. He said: "I do not sit to decide between conflicting cases.I sit to investigate the circumstances surrounding Dr Kelly's death."
Lord Hutton said that his present intention was to invite witnesses to give evidence in chronological order based on the sequence of events so far as that was possible. He said he proposed to sit again on Monday, August 11.
He said he proposed to ask first a witness from a Government department "to give evidence of Dr Kelly's expertise on chemical and biological warfare and of his employment in the Government and of his knowledge of the September dossier (on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction) and of any part he played in the preparation of that dossier".
He said that he had no power to swear witnesses and the witnesses will not be sworn and cross-examination would be allowed but only if it is "helpful to the forwarding of the inquiry but no further".
How Dr Kelly's name was made public will be a key question for Lord Hutton. He said that he had been sent, at his request, a considerable quantity of documentsfrom the BBC and the Ministry of Defence. He added that he had also been given information from Dr Kelly's widow when he visited her on July 26.
Clifford Chance, the world's biggest law firm, has been appointed solicitors to the inquiry, a sign that Lord Hutton is determined to ensure that it is seen to be independent. Normally the Government Legal Service is used.
Martin Smith, a specialist in administrative and public law and senior associate at Clifford Chance, will be solicitor to the inquiry. He will be supervised by Michael Smyth, head of public law at Clifford Chance.
Lee Hughes, of the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), will be the secretary to the inquiry, in charge of organising witnesses and the publication of transcripts.
He is the most senior of a five-strong team from the DCA seconded to the inquiry to handle its smooth running and media operation.
A team has been set up in the Cabinet Office to support government witnesses called to give evidence to Lord Hutton's inquiry. The unit, under Sir David Omand, will also gather classified documents.
The Ministry of Defence is the third government department to set up its own team of staff working on documents for the inquiry. Transcripts of the hearings will appear on the inquiry's website.