Warning to MI6 over Gareth Williams spy death probe
Britain's top police officer has warned MI6 it is not above the law as he revealed proposals for mass DNA screenings in the long-running Gareth Williams investigation.
An independent forensics review will form a central part of fresh efforts to solve the 21-month inquiry into how the codebreaker's body ended up in a holdall, Scotland Yard's Commissioner said.
Mr Hogan-Howe is angered by the "unacceptable" breakdown in communication which saw evidence fail to come to the senior investigating officer until last week at an inquest. When asked what powers he had to ensure MI6 co-operated, he told reporters: "It's the law."
He said mass screening in the case would be carried out on a "voluntary" basis.
Dr Fiona Wilcox the coroner said the 31-year-old, originally from Anglesey, North Wales, was probably killed and it "remained a legitimate line of inquiry" that the secret services may have been involved in the death. But inquiries have yet to yield a culprit, with forensic experts still hoping for a breakthrough from DNA tests on a green towel discovered in his kitchen.