Scientist ‘must have been murdered’

A senior backbench MP has claimed that scientist David Kelly did not commit suicide and must have been murdered.

Norman Baker said the Hutton Inquiry’s finding that the Government scientist committed suicide does not ‘hold water’.

Dr Kelly’s body was found in a wood near his Oxfordshire home shortly after he was identified as the source for a report claiming the Government ‘sexed up’ its dossier on Saddam Hussein’s supposed WMD arsenal.

Following a personal investigation lasting eight months, the Liberal Democrat MP said he did not believe that Prime Minister Tony Blair or the Government were ‘actually responsible for his death’.

Mr Baker has declined to say who he believes is to blame, but says he has narrowed down his investigation to three or four possible explanations, which he will subject to further analysis before announcing his conclusions.

He said: ‘I’ve concluded in my mind, beyond reasonable doubt as it were, that it’s impossible for the suicide explanation to hold water.’

The MP continued: ‘The medical evidence doesn’t support it in any way, the psychological evidence barely supports it either and as it wasn’t obviously natural causes or an accident, then you’re driven to the conclusion that it must have been some sort of murder.’

Following a lengthy and high-profile inquiry, the first conclusion of Lord Hutton’s report was ‘that Dr Kelly took his own life and that the principal cause of death was bleeding from incised wounds to his left wrist which Dr Kelly had inflicted on himself with the knife found beside his body’