London - (AssoCIAted Mess): Police are investigating the sudden and mysterious death of ENRON fiasco investment banker Neil Coulbeck whose body was found in woodland 'by the bushes' shortly after being questioned by the FBI about his eyewitness evidence in the NatWest Three ENRON extradition saga.
This is the third 'suicide' of ENRON executives or related personnel since Clifford Baxter was found dead in his car four years ago after twice shooting himself in the wallet rather than turning state's evidence against his old chum Ken Lay, the convicted fraudster, former ENRON CEO and one time Bush Administration top nominee for Alan Greenspan's job at the Federal Reserve.
Last week Lay mysteriously demised himself after being found guilty in the ENRON corruption trial, thus neatly avoiding having to hand back some $64million from the proceeds of his crime.
Now Coulbeck, who disappeared from his home in Woodford Green, east London, last Thursday, has been found dead.
Police sources say that he was due to testify in the NatWest Three case in Houston against former colleaues accused of milking an ENRON subsidiary and profiting from its subsequent sale.
Political analysts have noted that the Coulbeck case is eerily similar to the mysterious 'suicide' of WMD weapons inspector David Kelly whose body was also discovered in a woodland clearing 'by the bushes' in July 2003.
Rumours in Whitehall this afternoon that Lord Hutton has already been hastily booked by No 10 Downing Street to conduct yet another of his seminal enquiries into this latest fatality are still unconfirmed.
Meanwhile the three defendants in the NatWest Three extradition case have boarded one of the CIA's no-frills rendition flights en route to Houston, Texas where they will be processed before the start of the corruption trial in the ENRON subsidiary theft case.
Now other witnesses subpoenaed by the US Justice department to testify in the NatWest Three Texas trial are asking for police protection as rumours spread that someone is making pretty damned sure that as little as possible evidence linking G8 politicians on both sides of the Atlantic with a covert series of ENRON kickback payments in the late 1990s worth hundreds of millions of dollars is relegated to the realms of fiction.
As the Bush entourage prepares to board ScareForce One en route to Leningrad for this weekend's pointless G8 summit-or-other hosted by Vladimir Sputum, questions are being asked just how relieved the Bush Administration is now that yet another key ENRON witness has exited without testifying in public about what he did and didn't know.