Prosecutors in Britain are to lay a murder charge over the death of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. Former Russian spy Andrei Lugovoy is to be charged with killing Litvinenko by poisoning him with Polonium 210 in London last November. On the question of Lugovoy’s extradition from Russia, Britain’s Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett said: “We have called in the Russian ambassador, conveyed that information to him, and we are seeking the fullest cooperation from the Russian authorities to bring (have) a proper trial in British courts.”
Lugovoy denies the accusations against him, calling them politically motivated. Moscow has also said no to an extradition. A spokeswoman for the Russian prosecutor’s office said that under European and Russian criminal law a citizen who commits a crime overseas can be found criminally responsible, with evidence, but only on Russian soil.
Litvinenko’s widow, Marina, is backing calls for a trial in Britain: “I believe it was not only one person. You have got strong evidence about him and I think it would be very helpful to take him to a judge to know exactly why it has happened, who (is) behind him.” Despite questions about whether extradition can take place, it is understood the police will go ahead and demand it.
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