ABOUT THE CASE:
On 18 July 2003 the body of Dr David Kelly was found at Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire.The Blair government shut down the coroner's inquest which had begun as a matter of routine to establish how, where and when
Dr Kelly died and replaced it on the day of Dr Kelly's death with a largely discredited ad hoc non-statutory public inquiry chaired by Lord Hutton. At the Hutton Inquiry no evidence was heard under oath and several key witnesses were not even asked to appear. It was widely described in the media as a whitewash.
For the last eight years, doctors and members of the public have expressed concerns about Lord Hutton's inadequate investigation into Dr Kelly's death. In particular, gaps and inconsistencies in the medical and other evidence are continuing sources of concern, while several procedural irregularities concerning the case have also come to light.
New pieces of information which were never raised at the Hutton Inquiry have subsequently been obtained using the Freedom of Information Act. Through them, worrying inconsistencies have emerged. In September 2010 a group of doctors applied formally to the Attorney General Dominic Grieve seeking a proper inquest into
Dr Kelly's death. Many other members of the public, including other doctors, also wrote to him drawing attention to the very many unanswered questions surrounding the case. After reviewing new evidence, much of which has been widely reported in newspaper articles and on the BBC website, on 9 June 2011 Mr Grieve declared that no inquest into Dr Kelly's death would be necessary.
Lawyers have been formally instructed to begin a judicial review of Mr Grieve's decision so that the judicial review process can begin by 8 September 2011.
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