LONDON — Attorney General Dominic Grieve on Thursday ruled out asking the High Court to order an inquest into the death of government weapons inspector David Kelly.
Grieve told MPs in the House of Commons there was “overwhelming” evidence that Dr Kelly took his own life and none to support claims he was murdered or “any kind of conspiracy theory”.
The scientist’s body was found in woods near his Oxfordshire home in 2003, shortly after he was revealed as the source of a BBC report questioning the accuracy of a government dossier arguing the case for war in Iraq.
The Hutton Inquiry in 2004 found that Dr Kelly committed suicide, and then-justice secretary Lord Falconer ruled the inquiry could serve instead of an inquest in a coroner’s court.
A group of campaigning doctors, led by Dr Stephen Frost, have denounced the report as “a whitewash” and said it failed to address the causes of his death.
The doctors accused the government of being complicit in a “determined and concerted cover-up” and said they would seek a judicial review of Thursday’s decision.
Dr Frost said: “It is very surprising and perplexing that the Attorney General today supports those who wish to deny Dr Kelly a proper inquest.
“This is clearly a political decision when it should have been a decision based solely on the law.”