Official cause of David Kelly's death is 'extremely unlikely', say group of legal and medical experts

Mystery and doubt - the stuff of spy thrillers - surrounded the death of the David Kelly - the biological weapons expert attached to the Ministry of Defence, who spilled the beans to Andrew Gilligan, a British journalist.
In a nutshell, the doubters say Kelly would not have died from the injuries he is supposed to have inflicted on himself at the time he died.
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Official cause of David Kelly's death is 'extremely unlikely', say group of legal and medical experts
A group of prominent legal and medical experts called today for a full inquest into the death of the government scientist David Kelly in 2003.
Nine experts including Michael Powers, a QC and former coroner, and Julian Blon, a professor of intensive care medicine, said in a letter to the Times that the official cause of death – haemorrhage from the severed artery – was "extremely unlikely".
"Insufficient blood would have been lost to threaten life," they said. "Absent a quantitative assessment of the blood lost and of the blood remaining in the great vessels, the conclusion that death occurred as a consequence of haemorrhage is unsafe."
Kelly's body was found in woods close to his Oxfordshire home in 2003, shortly after it was revealed that he was the source of a BBC report casting doubt on the government's claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which could be fired within 45 minutes.
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