Medical reports on Dr David Kelly to be released

Classified documents on the 2003 death of the Iraq weapons expert to be published for public scrutin

Secret medical reports on the 2003 death of the Iraq weapons expert Dr David Kelly could be released today by the Ministry of Justice.

After the official inquiry into his death ended in 2004, details of the post-mortem examination and toxicology tests were classified for 70 years.

The release of the files is due this morning, barring last-minute legal challenges.

A group of doctors have called for the case to be reopened, arguing that the Hutton inquiry's verdict of suicide was unsafe.

Kelly's body was found in woodlands close to his Oxfordshire home in 2003, after it emerged that he had given information for a BBC news story questioning the government's claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Instead of a coroner's inquest, Tony Blair - then prime minister - asked Lord Hutton to conduct an investigation.

It concluded that Kelly had died from blood loss after cutting an artery in his wrist, and Lord Hutton ruled that the medical evidence should be kept secret for the sake of the scientist's family.

The Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has now decided that the documents should be published for public scrutiny.