July 24, 2006

Suicide? My Arse!

MP Norman Baker, a Liberal Democrat, casts doubt on Kelly suicide:
Points raised by Mr Baker, whose centre-left party opposed the Iraq war, included the fact that Dr Kelly supposedly cut his ulnary artery in his wrist, a more difficult and painful option than the radial artery. In 2003, Mr Baker said, Dr Kelly was the only person recorded to have taken his or her own life in this fashion. Mr Baker said paramedics who attended the scene where Dr Kelly's body was found in Oxfordshire said he was "incredibly unlikely" to have died from the wound they saw.

Police said 29 tablets of a painkiller were missing from a packet in his home, but all that was found in Dr Kelly's stomach was the equivalent of one-fifth of a tablet, Mr Baker said.

Despite the stress he was under in the days leading to his death, Mr Baker said contacts with friends and relatives showed no sign that Dr Kelly had suicidal thoughts.

Mr Baker said the pathologist assigned to the case was one of the least experienced in the country, and that Lord Brian Hutton, who conducted the judicial inquiry, had never conducted one before.


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