No rest for David Kelly

The body of David Kelly has been dug up and his corpse cremated.

Kelly was the UK government-appointed chemical weapons expert who in 2003 cast doubt on the government’s claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.

On 18 July 2003 he was found dead in a wood near his home in Oxfordshire. He had taken painkillers and his left wrist was cut, but two paramedics who attended the scene said there was not enough blood to justify the suggestion that he had died of blood loss.

There was no coroner’s inquest and those who believe Kelly did not die at his own hand had placed a placard at his grave calling for one to be held.

Now that he is just ashes, the conspiracy-minded will be reinforced in their conviction that his death is suspicious.