|Photo The Sunday Leader, Sep 2009.|
He visited Sri Lanka in 2009 with Britain’s Defence Secretary Liam Fox (then shadow defence secretary). His business cards describe him as an advisor’ to Dr. Fox. He’s visited Dr. Fox at Ministry of Defence offices 14 times in the past 16 months. But the MoD says he’s just “a friend.”
So who exactly is Mr. Adam Werritty - and what was he doing in Sri Lanka?
When Dr Fox was shadow defence secretary, Mr Werritty was a director of a company called Security Futures and accompanied him to meetings in the US, Middle East and Sri Lanka.
(One meeting in the Middle East has embroiled Dr. Fox in a blackmail scandal over a knighthood – see The Guardian’s report in August here).
And when Dr Fox was shadow health secretary, Mr Werritty ran a health consultancy firm.
When Dr. Fox set up a charity in 1997, he appointed Mr Werritty as the executive director and sole employee.
(The charity has been dissolved by its trustees after criticism by the UK’s Charity Commission, which suspended it last year and de-listed it on Friday).
Mr Werritty was also Dr. Fox’s best man. The two are former housemates and have shared holidays.
Amid a flurry of media reports, Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy told the Guardian:
“This is becoming a very murky business indeed. People will be surprised by these new revelations. Liam Fox has questions to answer. He and Mr Werritty should publish all emails between themselves relating to MoD business.”
Perhaps the Conservative Party could meanwhile shed light on what the duo were doing in Sri Lanka in 2009?