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Italian link in Litvinenko case prepares to talk

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Italian link in Litvinenko case prepares to talk


The Italian contact of poisoned Russian Alexander Litvinenko claims he has a cache of documentary evidence that could shed light on the case. Mario Scaramella was discharged today from a London Hospital after doctors said the Polonium 210 contamination he had suffered had not led to radiation poisoning.

He told Italian television he had video and audio cassettes and signed written documents linked to the case, and that he would be revealing their contents. Meanwhile in Moscow British detectives are still waiting to interview ex-KGB agent Andrei Lugovoy, who met Litvinenko on the day he fell ill.

Military anaylst Pavel Felgengauer argues that the evidence points to state involvement: “This is the first time there’s a documented case of polonium-210 being used as a poison in world criminal history. And this was done by a big organisation, it’s clear. It couldn’t be done by a sort of group of people. And an organisation that also involved nuclear scientists and a working nuclear reactor and nuclear labs and specialists in different fields. So this is a job for state organisations.” From his death bed Litvinenko claimed the Kremlin was behind the killing, but many analysts suspect a more complex power struggle involving rival power blocs.

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