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Many members of the public, including a Birmingham GP, Dr Mohammed Naseem and a Redditch campaigner, Margaret Hindle, continue to seek the truth about the death of government scientist Dr David Kelly.  Margaret sends this Redditch Standard link to an account of her participation and the campaign.

On Thursday, July 18, campaigners will take part in a two-hour silent Gagging The Truth protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice from 2pm. The day marks the tenth anniversary since the body of Dr David Kelly was found in Oxfordshire.

Last year it was alleged that Thames Valley Police force had illegally accessed information from a closed Facebook group campaigning for an inquest into the death of weapons inspector Dr David Kelly. It is said to have accessed the page to find evidence to support its decision to refuse a Freedom of Information request by one of the group’s members, Peter Beswick, asking some very searching questions. The force refused to answer, declaring the request to be ‘vexatious’ – see Information Commissioner’s Office website.

In February this year a group of doctors wrote to the Chief Coroner calling for his inquest to be resumed and the suicide verdict re-examined.

The Telegraph reports that in a letter to Judge Peter Thornton QC, they said there had been ”deficiencies in legal processes” which meant Dr Kelly’s inquest had never been formally closed, no final death certificate had been issued and no cause of death had been confirmed by a coroner. It continued:

“They also said that the first police officer at the scene of Dr Kelly’s death had changed his account of how his body was positioned, bolstering claims that it had been moved.

“In the letter, which has been copied to the Lord Chief Justice, the Lord Chancellor and the Oxfordshire Coroner, they call for the inquest to be resumed with witnesses giving evidence under oath, in front of a jury.

“They said relevant members of Thames Valley police should be called to give evidence and all information made available to the Hutton Inquiry provided for consideration.

Cavalier with the truth . . .

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, during a sermon  in Lichfield Anglican Cathedral, said:

“(We do not) know the kind of political or personal pressure put on Dr Kelly. Certainly he complained of the harassment of the media. But there were other pressures too. I trust that in due course we will learn the truth about them. When public life and the media are so devoid of compassion, and become cavalier with the truth, they become a distortion of their true purpose”.

For more information about joining the campaigners, e-mail or call 07718 542177.