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Spy-in-the-bag Gareth Williams' lawyer was banned from asking MI6 agent how secret service could have

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Spy-in-the-bag Gareth Williams' lawyer was


banned from asking MI6 agent how secret
service could have entered his flat
He revealed that he was banned from grilling the agent during the
original inquest last year

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Licence to kill the truth: Gareth Williams

The bizarre death of MI6 codebreaker Gareth Williams has baffled


investigators for more than three years.
The 31-year-old maths genius was found inside a padlocked sports
holdall in a bath at a Central London safehouse in August 2010.
It is believed he had been dead for more than a week.
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Spy-in-the-bag Gareth Williams' lawyer was banned from asking MI6 agent how secret service could have entered his flat - Mirror Online

And yesterday it was claimed that his grieving parents, Ian and Ellen,
have been prevented from finding out the truth about how he died.
The familys lawyer, Anthony OToole, revealed that he was banned
from grilling an MI6 agent during the original inquest last year.
He said he was prevented from asking a key question of Mr Williams
line manager known only as Agent G on how secret service
officers could have entered his apartment.
Mr OToole said: I was not allowed by the coroner to say to the
spook, You know how to get into the flats without keys, dont you? I
was told it was contrary to national security.

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He added: My suggestion is that the dark arts were involved and


there was a curious lack of evidence in there, almost like it had been
swept clean.
Mr OToole spoke out as Mr Williams family rejected a statement
from Scotland Yard yesterday stating that his death was probably
an accident.
The claim, following an 18-month review of the investigation ,
contradicts the findings of last years inquest, which pointed to the
likely involvement of a third party.
Coroner Fiona Wilcox said in a narrative verdict that the death was
unnatural and likely to have been criminally mediated.
She was satisfied that on the balance of probabilities that Gareth
was killed unlawfully.

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Rejected: The parents of MI6 employee Gareth Williams, Ian and Ellen Williams rejected a Scotland
Yard statement claiming the death was accidental

Mr OToole fears spies gained access to his apartment and removed


crucial evidence before police found the body.
In a statement the family said:We are naturally disappointed that it
is still not possible to state with certainty how Gareth died.
And the fact that the circumstances of his death are still unknown
adds to our grief.
We note that the investigation has been conducted with further
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interviews upon some of the witnesses who gave evidence at the


inquest, and that the investigation team were at last able to

interview directly members of GCHQ and SIS. We consider that on


the basis of the facts at present known, the coroners verdict
accurately reflects the circumstances of Gareths death.
They went on to say they were disappointed over the failure of
MI6 to make inquiries concerning Gareths welfare when he failed

to show up for work.


The family added: We believe that if proper steps had been taken in
the same manner as any reasonable employer further information
relating to the cause of his death might have become apparent and
not have been lost due to the length of time before Gareths body

was found.
This lack of concern for Gareths well-being remains an overriding
feature of our thoughts following the death of a dear son and

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Mr Hewitt said detectives still could not explain why none of Mr


Williams DNA was found on the padlock of the holdall or why his
palm prints were not on the rim of the bath.
They also dont know why the heating had been left on in the flat
despite it being summer.
Up to 15 unidentified DNA samples were recovered from the flat, but
there was no positive evidence of a third party being present at the
time of death.
Mr Hewitt insisted it was beyond credibility that Scotland Yard had
been duped by MI6 and GCHQ as part of a cover-up.
He said: I do not believe that I have had the wool pulled over my
eyes. I believe that what we are dealing with is a tragic unexplained
death.
He admitted mistakes had been made during the original inquiry
including the failure to access Mr Williams MI6 vetting and
personnel files for two years.
But during the latest probe officers were given full access to details
of Mr Williams work, interviewing a total of 27 members of staff
from the two
agencies as part of their investigation.

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Mr Williams, described as mild-mannered and a keen cyclist, had


been on secondment to MI6 from GCHQ.
His line manager, Agent G, was severely criticised at the inquest for
failing to issue an alert despite the agent not being at work for more
than a week. Some believe this would have given the intelligence
agencies more than enough time to remove any evidence that could
be potentially embarrassing to the state.
Mr Williams job was said to involve tracking the flow of money from
Russia to Europe. One theory is that he was killed by Russian agents.
Family lawyer Mr OToole remains convinced a third party was
involved in Mr Williams death.
He said: The coroner said there was a third party, there is no doubt
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There is no doubt there was somebody else there.
Asked if he believed an intelligence agency went into the flat before
police found the body, he said: The curious thing in crossexamination of spooks was that his line manager went to his flat
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twice, before it all hit the fan, and merely knocked on the door.
Now these people by their profession can make entries anywhere,
so you would have thought if someone had been missing five days
and he was a spy they might have gone into the flat and had a look.
There was also no physical evidence of any forced entry or any sign
that Mr Williams was involved in a struggle.
Another theory is that agents may have returned to the apartment
through a skylight to clean up evidence even while police officers
were on guard outside the flat.
Scotland Yard said Mr Williams interest in womens clothing had
fuelled speculation over his death. Around 20,000 worth of clothing
was found in his flat, including many dresses still in their wrapping.
But the coroner had found these were a fashion collection and did
not believe they were relevant.
The inquest heard the most likely cause of death was either oxygen
depletion or hypercapnia a build-up of carbon dioxide inside the
holdall.

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