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'Call to examine 'MI5 link' to murder of nuclear activist'

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:21 pm    Post subject: 'Call to examine 'MI5 link' to murder of nuclear activist' Reply with quote

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Hilda Murrell murder: call to examine 'MI5 link' to murder of nuclear activist

Michael Mansfield QC wants to know what intelligence services knew about killing of anti-nuclear activist Hilda Murrell in 1984

The Observer, Sunday 18 March 2012

One of Britain's leading human rights lawyers has demanded a fresh police inquiry to establish what the British intelligence services knew about the murder of a prominent anti-nuclear campaigner.

Michael Mansfield QC said new evidence meant that an independent police force should be appointed to examine enduring concerns and inconsistencies relating to the death of Hilda Murrell in March 1984.

Murrell, 78, was abducted from her home in Shrewsbury and her body was discovered days later in a nearby copse. A high-profile campaigner against nuclear weapons, she had been due to present evidence to the public inquiry into the proposed Sizewell B nuclear reactor in East Anglia. Her death triggered numerous conspiracy theories and allegations relating to the involvement of MI5, with one MP, Tam Dalyell, telling parliament that "men of British intelligence" were involved.

Subsequent claims from intelligence sources that they never even opened a file on the rose-growing anti-nuclear campaigner have now been dismissed by Mansfield as "completely ludicrous".

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"The victim was consumed with anxiety that something was going to happen to her. A look at why that might be involves the evidence she was about to give to the Sizewell inquiry."

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Among questions raised about the case are those casting fresh doubts on the conviction of a burglar, Andrew George, who was jailed for life in 2005 for Murrell's murder. George was aged 16 at the time and in care at a children's home near her home. The prosecution believed that he panicked during a burglary before abducting Murrell.

George's DNA was found to match samples taken from the scene, yet a previously undisclosed witness statement made by a forensic scientist in the case, Michael Appleby, indicates that he found DNA under Murrell's fingernails from another man.

Green claims that this information was withheld from the trial jury.

Another troubling aspect of the case relates to the testimony of the owner of the copse where the body was discovered. On the day after the murder, Captain Ian Scott visited the copse to check for trees that needed felling. Despite visiting the exact spot where her body was found, Scott somehow missed it. Yet photographs clearly show the body being visible from a distance...

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Shocked

MI5 website wrote:
..."the Defence of the Realm as a whole" from threats to national security such as espionage, sabotage and subversion.


...and elderly ladies? Neutral Tinfoil Hat

More at http://hildamurrell.org/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do we know what she was going to say about Sizewell B?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More or less:

"An Ordinary Citizen's View of Radioactive Waste Management"

http://hildamurrell.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/ordinary-view.pdf

20 pages | 16.4 MB

Additionally, from the memorial site:

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In addition to radioactive waste problems, Hilda was researching its genetic effects, had criticised the finances of the nuclear energy industry, and was opposed to nuclear weapons. She was also taking advice from several more radical anti-nuclear activists, including a retired British radio-chemist, Don Arnott, who dropped out of the Sizewell Inquiry after a mysterious heart attack in April 1983. He had been preparing to testify about a design fault in the control rod system of the Three Mile Island reactor which could have been a major contributory cause of its meltdown in 1979, and which was replicated in the UK version under scrutiny at the Inquiry. No-one else raised the issue; but Hilda met him at his first public lecture after recovering from his heart attack six weeks before she was murdered. Green read Hilda’s paper into the record at the Inquiry in September 1984. However, in his book Green describes how he came to suspect she had much more sensitive information which was damaging to the nuclear industry.

http://hildamurrell.org/history/


Which I guess was written by Green (he owns the domain name).

Don Arnott died back in January 2000. His obituary can be read here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2000/jan/13/guardianobituaries
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember that at the time a lot of folk were not satisfied with the outcome of investigations.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed.

I should add the the context of the 'Citizen's View' document linked to above: It was a critique on the 1982 white paper - 'Radioactive waste management (Cmnd 8607)'

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=6&CATID=706966

She had previously written a paper: 'What Price Nuclear Power?' in 1978, which dealt with the economic arguments against nuclear, then (after Three Mile Island in '79) focused on the 'safety' aspects in 'Citizen's View'.

I can't locate a copy of 'What Price..?' online anywhere, but if I can dig up a hardcopy, I'll scan it up.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
Do we know what she was going to say about Sizewell B?

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Green describes how he came to suspect she had much more sensitive information which was damaging to the nuclear industry.
Sounds a bit like a "No" then, or at least, a "Not the half of it".
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