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Murder charge in Litvinenko poisoning case

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Murder charge in Litvinenko poisoning case


Prosecutors in Britain say they will charge a former Russian spy with the murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. The Crown Prosecution Service says there is enough evidence to charge former agent Andrei Lugovoy. Litvinenko died in London in November last year after being poisoned with radioactive Polonium 210.

Ken McDonald, head of the CPS, said: “I have today concluded that the evidence sent to us by the police is sufficient to charge Andrei Lugovoy with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning.” Lugovoy denies killing Litvinenko. It is thought British police will try to extradite Lugovoy from Russia, but that seems likely to fail. Moscow says it will not hand him over because its constitution does not permit the extradition of its citizens.

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