Although 13 years apart, two key figures about to blow the lid off the illegal arms sales to Iran and Iraq both turned up dead, one a reported suicide and the other shot three times to the back of the head outside his Brussels apartment.
Both deaths have drawn media attention, but none of the reports have ever led to a serious investigation.
The closest any brave prosecutor ever got to getting at the truth was a 2003 report that a Belgium prosecutor was considering reopening a probe into the March 22, 1990, murder of Canadian born Dr. Gerald Bull, founder of Space Research Corporation (SRC).
But after reports surfaced that there had been Mossad/CIA/MI6 involvement in Bull's murder, the Belgium prosecutor's never went any farther amid speculations that he was about to be killed himself if he pursued the investigation.
Before the investigation was quashed, the following is English translation of what appeared in a
"On Friday, the Belgian daily Derniere Heure published a report saying Belgian police and the State Prosecutor have information from a "reliable source" that identified a Mossad agent, a member of an "elite unit," as one of Bull's assassins. The report said the source of the information is in a Central American country "previously controlled by
"Members of Bull's family and investigative reporters suggested that Bull was in contact with members of
"One theory held that the Mossad killed him for failing to provide accurate information about the Iraqi program to extend the range of Scud missiles and improve their accuracy."
Other theories floated around that Bull was killed on the direction of UK and U.S. officials concerned he was ready to "spill the beans" about the illegal arms trade, pinning high-level politicians with receiving millions in illegal kickbacks on the arms contracts.
Whatever the case, it was obvious Bull knew too much and had to be eliminated, his murder sending a clear message to others like him either shut up or expect the same fate.
Although Bull was a "hot government item," how deep did he really go into the murky waters of the worldwide arms trade?
From the outset, Bull's involvement of the Iraqi arms dealing was directly responsible in the late 1970s for the development of advanced guns as well as full-bore and base-bleed ammunition technologies within
Years after, in the mid 1980's, he brought more advanced expertise to
A 1987 report about Bull in a Canadian Defense Weekly publication had this to say about the gunned-down arms whistle blower:
"In 1980 on June 16, Bull was convicted on criminal charges in a
"The Canadian convictions involved "shipments of howitzer parts" both directly and indirectly to
And after he was murdered in his
Evidence of the monstrous gun surfaced, but British officials quickly tried to distance themselves from involvement with Bull, who was depicted as a renegade when in fact he was acting on behalf both the
The Canadian Defense magazine provided further details of the weaponry sold to
Here is the Canadian report:
It was later found that SRC's technology development ties with the Iraqis included the Scud B, extensive 155mm gun and ammunition development, as well as 210mm self-propelled howitzers manufactured in facilities north of Baghdad, and the overall 155mm GC-45 artillery system.
"Other developments that Bull is believed to have been helping
"The original gun barrels were built by Krykor while Summerset Chemicals (both of
"Today (1987) more than two hundred G-5 155mm howitzers exist within the arsenals of
So Bull was erased from the picture and depicted as an outlaw arms dealer at a time when investigations were heating up regarding the illegal deals brokered with Iran and Iraq by the UK and U.S. governments.
But what about microbiologist and weapon's inspector, Dr David Kelley, who was said to have committed suicide in 2003? In regards to Dr. Kelley, two serious questions need to be asked and whether the answers have any serious bearing on his untimely death?
What did Dr. Kelley about the supply by the
And what did he know in relation to whether
It must be remembered that Dr. Kelly was the senior microbiologist at Porton Down at the time the sale of biological cultures to
These bacterial cultures were then used to mass produce biological weapons which were deployed by
At the end of the first Gulf War in 1991, Dr Kelly joined the UN Weapons Inspector's team and over a period of seven years, he made a total of 37 trips to
He was instrumental on every aspect of reporting and reported on the weapons arsenal and manufacture of biological weapons, including those financed by the
Being ideally placed to know of the existence of the weapons, and who supplied them, it might be thought these matters might have had some bearing on Dr Kelly's death. But, strangely, they were never investigated or even considered in any formal hearings held, most notably the Hutton enquiry.
In a notable report written in 2004 by Sir William Jaffray and another in 2003 by John Drewe, both men commented how important aspects known by Dr. Kelley may have led to his death, especially aspects concerning radioactive material sent to Iraq with UK and U.S. approval.
"In addition to biological weapons, chemical precursors to anticholinesterase inhibitors and ammunition, it has been established that at least one contract entailed supplying
"The contracts for the supply of radiocaesium from the
"A deposition from a former employee of Allivane has appended to it contracts and shipping records indicating that hundreds of curies of substances such as radiocaesium (Cs-137) and radioiodine (I-131) were shipped from the
"A former employee of the Ministry of Defense who dealt with Allivane International (1983-86) has given a statement confirming that during this time the Ministry of Defense specifically authorized companies such as Allivane International to supply munitions to
"It must have been apparent to the government that this ammunition would be deployed by
Still today details about the deaths Dr. Kelley and Bull remain a guarded government secret, as do the secrets behind the larger issue of the UK and U.S. involvement in illegal weaponry sold to Iraq and Iran.
However, Sir William Jaffray's put a tidy but yet unsolved seal on the entire arms scandal and cover-up when he said in 2004:
"I am one of a group of persons who believe that the Thatcher government acted unlawfully by supplying large quantities of conventional, chemical and biological weapons to Iraq and by granting export credits to Iraq for the purchase of these weapons, as well as taking commissions from UK companies which participated in the business.
"Documents available include a set of memoranda from the Intelligence Service, internal correspondence between the Ministry of Defense and Foreign Office and commercial papers of the companies involved in supplying
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