Thursday, July 12, 2007

Litvinenko Murder Suspects May Escape Charges

According to some sources, Scotland Yard will soon communicate its file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). On the basis of this report, the CPS will decide whether Andrei Lugovoy and his associate Dmitry Kovtun should face prosecution.Last Friday, the Guardian quoted senior Whitehall officials saying that there is enough evidence to charge Lugovoy and that the British Government will soon seek his extradition.However, according to the Sunday Times, Scotland Yard will not prosecute Mr. Litvinenko's killers. On Jan. 16, officers from the Yard's Counter Terrorism Command met with Marina Litvinenko, the widow of the ex-FSB officer. They told her that they intended to close the case in spite of the fact that charges could be brought against Lugovoy and Kovtun. Read full story

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