'Body in the bag' spy death: The six key questions that must be answered at the inquest
Tom Pettifor | April 23, 2012
The inquest into MI6 spy Gareth Williams's mysterious death began today. Here are six questions that remain unanswered
Was there someone else in the flat with Gareth Williams when he died?
Police say it would have been impossible to get into the locked bag alone.
Mr Williams’s body had no signs of defence injuries from a struggle.
The flat was double locked and there was no forensic evidence of a third party.
Why did it take so long to raise the alarm?
Mr Williams was last seen on August 15, 2010, and police believe he died in the early hours of the following day.
But he was not reported missing by anyone until his sister rang police seven days later.
Were the dark arts of the spooks involved?
His family suspect members of an intelligence service were involved in what they see as a possible murder and cover-up.
Was Mr Williams being followed?
A friend is said to have told police he had told her he feared he was under surveillance.
But he did not reveal by whom.
Was Mr Williams’s work behind his death?
He had just returned from holiday in the United States but neither MI6 nor GCHQ have wanted to make public what the codebreaker was involved in at the time of his death.
Did a sex game go wrong?
There was no trace of alcohol or recreational drugs in his body.
But if he was interested in auto-eroticism why was it not picked up when he was vetted?