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UK to charge Russian with Litvinenko’s murder

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by SurfSarge, May 22, 2007.

  1. SurfSarge

    SurfSarge misfit

    LONDON - British prosecutors will ask Russia to extradite businessman Andrei Lugovoi — once a member of the Russian security forces — to face a charge of murder in the poisoning death of former Soviet agent Alexander Litvinenko, officials said Tuesday.

    “I have today concluded that the evidence sent to us by the police is sufficient to charge Andrei Lugovoi with the murder of Mr. Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning,” the Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald said.

    Litvinenko, 43, died from polonium-210 poisoning in a London hospital Nov. 23, and on his deathbed accused President Vladimir Putin of being behind his killing. The Russian government denies involvement.
    Lugovoi — who has denied any involvement in Litvinenko’s death — had met with Litvinenko in London on Nov. 1 at the Millennium Hotel bar, hours before Litvinenko said he felt ill.

    British police had focused on the hotel as the likely place where Litvinenko was contaminated with polonoium-210.

    Concealed poison
    Health officials said it was probably concealed in food or drink, and detectives ran extensive tests on a teacup, teapot and a dishwasher at the hotel.

    The politically charged case has driven relations between London and Moscow to post-Cold War lows. The Russian Prosecutor General’s office has said Moscow would not extradite suspects to Britain if charges were filed against Russians.

    Litvinenko was a vocal Kremlin critic who accused Russian authorities of being behind deadly 1999 apartment building bombings that stoked support for a renewed offensive against separatists in Chechnya.
  2. travelman

    travelman Well-Known Member

    keep an eye on this, I said it before and Ill say it again, Putin is the next Hitler.