MI6 chiefs to give evidence at Iraq inquiry

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The past and present heads of MI6 will be among the first witnesses to give evidence at the official inquiry into the Iraq war.

Sir John Scarlett, who retired as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service on November 1, and Sir John Sawers, his successor, are among 20 top advisers, diplomats and military figures required to attend.

Sir John was chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee which was responsible for the Government dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, published in September 2002, prior to the invasion of Iraq in March the following year.

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