Dr. David Kelly Was on a Hitlist, Says UN Weapons Expert as Calls Grow for Full Inquest

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A leading UN
weapons inspector last night added his voice to the growing clamour
for a full inquest into the death of Dr. David Kelly.

Dr. Richard
Spertzel claimed Dr. Kelly was on a ‘hitlist’ in the final years
of his life.

The former
head of the UN Biological Section, who worked closely with Dr. Kelly
in Iraq in the 1990s, has written to Attorney General Dominic Grieve
about the ‘mysterious circumstances’ surrounding the death.

The weapons
inspector’s body was found after he was unmasked as the source of
a damaging BBC news report questioning the grounds for the Iraq
war.

Officially,
he took his own life.

Yesterday Dr.
Spertzel told the Mail that the British authorities were
‘intentionally ignoring’ the issue.

He believes
that there is something ‘fishy’ and insisted that a coroner should
examine the death as soon as possible.

His demands
come 24 hours after nine of Britain’s leading medical experts wrote
an open letter to minsters demanding a full inquest.

Dr. Spertzel
said: ‘I know that David, as well as myself and a couple of others,
were on an Iraqi hitlist. In late 1997, we were told by the Russian
embassy in Baghdad. I had no idea what it meant but apparently David
and I were high on the priority list.’

He said he
and Dr. Kelly were told that they were ‘numbers three and four’ on
the list during an inspection trip in Iraq.

‘When it first
happened I felt right away that David just being associated with
the work he’d been doing for the UK government would have made him
a high target,’ Dr. Spertzel said.

‘The Iraqi
intelligence service did not take kindly to such action so my first
reaction [to Dr. Kelly's death] was "we’d better watch our backs".’

No inquest
has ever been held into Dr. Kelly’s death. Instead, a public inquiry
chaired by Lord Hutton was set up to investigate the circumstances
surrounding it.

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August
16, 2010

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