Gareth William Death: Key Questions Surrounding the MI6 Agent's Death

PA/The Huffington Post UK  |  Posted: 23/04/2012 09:51 Updated: 23/04/2012 09:51

Gareth Williams
MI6 agent Gareth Williams' death has never been solved, but a new inquest will attempt to solve his mysterious demise

In one of the highest profile and most memorable criminal mysteries in recent years, the death of the MI6 spy Gareth Williams, found in a padlocked holdall in his London home, will be attempted to be solved by an inquiry featuring over 30 witnesses.

There are a multitude of unanswered questions for the investigation to try to answer, but here are some of the key mysteries still outstanding:

  • Were secret agents specialising in the "dark arts" responsible for Mr Williams's death in his Pimlico home?
  • Is it physically possible that he was able to get inside a North Face holdall in his bathtub before padlocking himself in?
  • Could a third party have been present when he died despite no trace of DNA or fingerprints?
  • Why did police remove the front door to his flat if there were no signs of a break-in?
  • Why was there no sign of struggle on his body? Could he have been drugged despite normal blood tests?
  • What exactly did Mr Williams do for the GCHQ listening station - was he an active MI6 agent when he died? Why had he been placed on secondment in London?
  • Why did it take colleagues eight days to realise he was missing?
  • What happened to Mr Williams's possessions that he kept in a shared locker at the MI6 headquarters?
  • Why have letters gone missing between the coroner and police in recent months?
  • Has information been withheld because shedding light on Mr Williams's death could jeopardise secret security operations?
  • Why did he fail to tell his employer that he was undertaking a series of part-time fashion courses at Central St Martins College?
  • Why did it take forensic teams more than a year to realise a spot of DNA on Mr Williams's hand matched a scientist on the crime scene?

Gareth William's investigation so far, in pictures...

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  • Gareth Williams

    Williams was found dead in a Government flat in Pimlico in August 2010.

  • GCHQ

    After excelling at university at mathematics, Williams worked as a cipher and codes expert at the Government listening station, GCHQ.

  • SIS

    Williams was then seconded to work at the Secret Intelligence Service headquarters in Vauxhall, London.

  • Entering Holland Road Tube Station

    CCTV captures Williams entering Holland Road Tube Station on the 14th August 2010.

  • Holland Road Tube Station

    Caught on CCTV at Holland Road Tube Station the same day.

  • Hans Crescent

    Seen the next day on CCTV in Hans Crescent, London

  • Pimlico

    His body was found in a holdall in this Pimlico flat on the 24th of August 2010.

  • Holyhead, North Wales

    Williams' funeral was attended by Sir John Sawers, head of SIS.

  • Screengrab from a video reconstruction showing a yoga specialist trying to lock himself in a sports holdall unaided

  • Screengrab from a video reconstruction showing a person trying to close the zip and padlock themselves in a sports holdall unaided

  • Ten police images of the interior of Alderney Street, SW1