The British Government immediately set up an inquiry under the then Lord Chief Justice of England, Lord Widgery.
A pivotal figure in the now deservedly discredited cover-up by Lord Widgery of multiple murders by the British Army was one Brian Hutton.
Brian Hutton represented the Ministry of Defence and sought, successfully, to persuade Lord Widgery that the murders weren't murder.
Of course, it can be said that Brian Hutton was only doing his job.
However, equally, it can be said that Brian Hutton acted to conceal serious criminal offences which were embarassing to the British State. And accepted payment for doing so.
Not satisfied with successfully concealing multiple murders Hutton then had the audacity to reprimand the Londonderry coroner, Major Hubert O'Neill who had correctly identified the murders as what they were.
Hutton's shameful words echo to this day:
It is not for you or the jury to express such wide-ranging views, particularly when a most eminent judge has spent 20 days hearing evidence and come to a very different conclusion
See 1973: 'Bloody Sunday' inquest accuses Army.
Ironically, given the flagrant inadequacies of the Hutton Inquiry, Hutton also criticised the Londonderry coroner of having heard only some of the evidence.
The Widgery Inquiry demonstrated clearly that a senior judge could easily act so as to conceal murder which was embarassing to the British State.
At the Widgery Inquiry Brian Hutton sought to conceal murders which would be embarassing to the British State.
With this outstanding track record of cover-up, it is hardly surprising that Lord Falconer identified Brian Hutton as an eminently suitable person to conduct an inquiry to conceal the murder of David Kelly.
I suspect that I'm not alone in believing that Lord Hutton, in conducting the Hutton Inquiry, followed in the footsteps of Lord Widgery and concealed murder embarassing to the British State.