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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 July, 2003, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Kelly case arouses Mid-East suspicions

Middle East media have been looking at the death of Dr David Kelly, the weapons inspector at the heart of the BBC 'mole' row.

Several newspapers consider his death as being at least suspicious. Others accuse the government of "assassination".

The issue of the causes of the war in Iraq has been progressing like a large ball slowly rolling down the hill, seemingly unstoppable. The scenario doubled its momentum with the death of British expert David Kelly, which stamped the affair with a tormented human image and with a whiff of conspiracy.

Yediot Aharonot - Israel

David Kelly - the British Government's adviser on Iraqi weapons who was dispatched to Baghdad before the war, among the UN inspectors without anybody finding anything of importance - was assassinated!

Al-Jumhuriyah - Egypt

The scandal has now started to go beyond its political dimensions to encompass the physical elimination of all those who want to demonstrate the falseness of the main accusation against Iraq over its possession of WMD... as is the case with the British weapons expert, David Kelly.

Al-Watan - Saudi Arabia

The suspicious death of David Kelly, a member of the UN arms inspectors team, is a big disgrace for the British and American governments... While they deafen the world with their cries of support for human rights, they resort to lies, deceit, threats and killings in order to perpetuate their dirty and inhuman rule.

Jomhuri-ye Eslami - Iran

The suspicious death of the British weapons specialist David Kelly has plunged the cabinet of the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in a serious crisis....The question now is why the British government tried to forge the "Iraq dodgy dossier"?

Tehran Times - Iran

Getting rid of Kelly is undoubtedly a strong and final warning to the British media and media men that challenging the state in the "secrets" of war leads to destruction, even if these secrets are fabricated. It remains to be seen to what extent Kelly's absence can serve the images of Blair and Bush.

Al-Hayat - London

Time has proved that Washington and London deliberately exaggerated the Iraqi threat to justify their launching of the war, and that what happened was carefully planned.

Al-Thawrah - Syria

His death shows that the information used by the British government on Iraq's WMD was false and that the British government lied to the people about the war against Iraq.

Iranian radio

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