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Inquiry to hear of Kelly's last hours
Sep 2 2003
Details of Dr David Kelly's final movements and state of mind before he took his own life are expected to be revealed at the Hutton
The last people to see the Iraq weapons expert alive and police officers involved in the search for his body were amongst witnesses due to
appear before the inquiry at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Lord Hutton was being assisted by an expert on suicide and a leader of the Baha'i faith, of which Dr Kelly was a member, to gain an
insight into his mind and beliefs.
Yesterday the inquiry heard poignant evidence from those who knew Dr Kelly best - his widow Janice, daughter Rachel and sister Sarah Pape.
Mrs Kelly told a packed court 73 how her husband felt "totally let down and betrayed" by the Ministry of Defence for allowing his name to
be made public.
She attacked the way he had been unmasked as the source for BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan's dossier story, despite receiving assurances
from his MoD bosses that he would remain anonymous.
Today the inquiry was due to learn more about what was going through Dr Kelly's mind when he chose to take his own life.
Giving evidence were Barney Leith, a personal friend and secretary of the UK National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is, and Professor Keith
Hawton, a psychiatrist.
The Baha'i faith, which Dr Kelly discovered in 1999 while working for the UN in New York, has 6,000 followers across the UK and five
million adherents worldwide.
The religion preaches universal peace and emphasises truthfulness. Baha'is do not believe in heaven or hell, staying that everyone has an
opportunity for redemption, which has led to the mistaken assumption that they are proponents of suicide.
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