Grave of weapons expert Dr David Kelly who blew whistle on Government's Iraq dossier, is moved after 'desecration'
THE family of weapons inspector David Kelly were forced to dig up and move his body after conspiracy theorists âdesecratedâ his grave, a national newspaper reported.
Dr Kelly was buried at St Maryâs Parish Church in Longworth, near Abingdon, where campaigners placed a placard calling for an inquest.
Vigils were also held and leaflets left on the grave site.
The Sunday Times cited sources close to Dr Kellyâs family who said his widow Janice âhatedâ the actions of the campaigners.
The body was moved in July and cremated.
Dr Kelly died in 2003, aged 59, after he was identified as the source of a BBC story about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
He had expressed doubts about Iraqâs capability to use biological and chemical weapons within 45 minutes of being gi ven an order. The comments appeared in a report by reporter Andrew Gilligan and appeared to contradict the Labour Governmentâs dossier on weapons of mass destruction, which was used as the basis of a case for going to war in Iraq.
Dr Kelly's body was found on July 18 at Harrowdown Hill â" just over a mile away from Longworth and visible from the church. His left wrist had been cut.
The original inquest into Dr Kellyâs death was opened and adjourned, and the then-Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer ordered Oxfordshire Coroner Nicholas Gardiner to adjourn it indefinitely, saying the Hutton Inquiry would fulfil its function instead.
In March 2004 Mr Gardiner announced that, after considering the Hutton report, there was âno exceptional reasonâ for the inquest to be resumed.
The inquiry said Dr Kellyâs death was suicide.
However campaigners, including Gerrard Jonas, of Fernham near Faringdon, have called for a full inquest into his death at Oxford Coronerâs Court.
In an interview with the Oxford Mail in 2012, Mr Gardiner said: âI was never under any political pressure.
âWhatever conspiracy theories people bring forward â" and I think they will be brought forward forever â" I donât think I would have done anything differently.âSource: Google News