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The bizarre death of MI6 codebreaker Gareth Williams has baffled investigators for more than three years.

http://splendyrblogs.net/The 31-year-old maths genius was found inside a padlocked sports holdall in a bath at a Central London safehouse in August 2010.

It is believed he had been dead for more than a week.

And yesterday it was claimed that his grieving parents, Ian and Ellen, have been prevented from finding out the truth about how he died.

The familys lawyer, Anthony OToole, revealed that he was banned from grilling an MI6 agent during the original inquest last year.

He said he was prevented from asking a key question of Mr Williams line manager - known only as Agent G - on how secret service officers could have entered his apartment.

Mr OToole said: I was not allowed by the coroner to say to the spook, You know how to get into the flats without keys, dont you? I was told it was contrary to national security.

He added: My suggestion is that the dark arts were involved and there was a curious lack of evidence in there, almost like it had been swept clean.

Mr OToole spoke out as Mr Williams family rejected a statement from Scotland Yard yesterday stating that his death was probably an accident.

The claim, following an 18-month review of the investigation , contradicts the findings of last years inquest, which pointed to the likely involvement of a third party.

Coroner Fiona Wilcox said in a narrative verdict that the death was unnatural and likely to have been criminally mediated.

She was satisfied that on the balance of probabilities that Gareth was killed unlawfully.

Rejected: The parents of MI6 employee Gareth Williams, Ian and Ellen Williams rejected a Scotland Yard statement claiming the death was accidental PA

Mr OToole fears spies gained access to his apartment and removed crucial evidence before police found the body.

In a statement the family said:We are naturally disappointed that it is still not possible to state with certainty how Gareth died.

And the fact that the circumstances of his death are still unknown adds to our grief.

We note that the investigation has been conducted with further interviews upon some of the witnesses who gave evidence at the inquest, and that the investigation team were at last able to interview directly members of GCHQ and SIS. We consider that on the basis of the facts at present known, the coroners verdict accurately reflects the circumstances of Gareths death.

They went on to say they were disappointed over the failure of MI6 to make inquiries concerning Gareths welfare when he failed to show up for work.

The family added: We believe that if proper steps had been taken in the same manner as any reasonable employer further information relating to the cause of his death might have become apparent and not have been lost due to the length of time before Gareths body was found.

This lack of concern for Gareths well-being remains an overriding feature of our thoughts following the death of a dear son and brother.

The initial police inquiry concluded, like the inquest, that someone else was probably present.

But in a dramatic U-turn yesterday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said: The Metropolitan Polices position is that, on balance, it is a more probable conclusion that there was no other person present when Gareth died.

But he admitted: The reality is that for both hypotheses, there exist evidential contradictions and gaps in our understanding.

Mr Hewitt said detectives still could not explain why none of Mr Williams DNA was found on the padlock of the holdall or why his palm prints were not on the rim of the bath.

They also dont know why the heating had been left on in the flat despite it being summer.

Up to 15 unidentified DNA samples were recovered from the flat, but there was no positive evidence of a third party being present at the time of death.

Mr Hewitt insisted it was beyond credibility that Scotland Yard had been duped by MI6 and GCHQ as part of a cover-up.

He said: I do not believe that I have had the wool pulled over my eyes. I believe that what we are dealing with is a tragic unexplained death.

He admitted mistakes had been made during the original inquiry including the failure to access Mr Williams MI6 vetting and personnel files for two years.

But during the latest probe officers were given full access to details of Mr Williams work, interviewing a total of 27 members of staff from the two

agencies as part of their investigation.

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