NZ Herald : UK probe of slain spy hampered by delay

Friday, April 27, 2012

UK probe of slain spy hampered by delay

April 27, 2012

A colleague of a British spy whose body was found locked inside a sports bag says a delay in reporting him as missing hampered police inquiries into his death.

Gareth Williams, 31, worked for Britain's secret eavesdropping service GCHQ but was attached to the country's MI6 overseas spy agency when his naked and decomposing remains were found in curious circumstances in August 2010 at his central London apartment.

The spy's manager at MI6 previously acknowledged he didn't raise the alarm for a week after Williams first failed to appear for work.

At an inquest hearing Thursday, some of Williams' relatives walked out in tears as a second intelligence official - identified only as SIS F - said she recognized the delay had an "impact on the police investigation."

- AP