Thursday 23 November 2017

Police and MI6 'have hampered spy probe'

Tom Whitehead in London

MI6 and a senior police officer were accused yesterday of undermining the investigation into the death of Gareth Williams, the spy whose body was found in a bag, after failing to disclose potential evidence.

The coroner told Detective Superintendent Michael Broster, who acts as liaison between MI6 and police, that he was biased toward the intelligence services.

Nine memory sticks that may have belonged to Mr Williams were never passed to police and MI6 officers examined "electronic media" belonging to the spy without telling them, the inquest heard.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire, the detective leading the inquiry, only learnt on Monday that a holdall had been discovered under his desk at MI6 headquarters afterwards.

Dr Fiona Wilcox, the coroner, demanded that the office holdall be brought to Westminster coroner's court, where a forensics officer examined it.

Police have so far failed to solve the mystery of how the codes expert died.

Closing the evidence, Ms Sebire said that she remained convinced Mr Williams's death was "suspicious" and that a "third party" was involved.

The coroner is due to hear final legal submissions today before delivering her verdict. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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