United Kingdom ‘to ask Russian Federation to give up poisoning suspects’

Lamar Ellis
August 9, 2018

The British government has prepared a request for the extradition of two Russians as part of the case on poisoning of former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal, his daughter Julia, as well as Britain nationals Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, the Guardian reports this citing its sources.

Government officials and prosecutors would not confirm details of the Guardian report when queried by dpa.

Britain's Press Association news agency reported last month that police had identified two Russian suspects in the Salisbury attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, but there has been no official confirmation of that report either.

United Kingdom intelligence chiefs have specifically blamed Russian Federation for the attack.

While the request is nearly certain to be rejected out of hand by the Russian authorities, it is likely to reignite the bitter diplomatic row that erupted following the poisoning of the former Russian spy in March.

However, the sources of The Times in the area of security confirmed that investigators are working to prepare the request for extradition.

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"We do not trust such unverified bogus media reports at all", the embassy said. Russian Federation refused to extradite the suspects even after Litvinenko died from polonium poisoning in London.

"This is Litvinenko all over again".

They were found slumped unconscious on a park bench and spent weeks in hospital before they were finally released. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state. Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and accused British intelligence agencies of staging the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

He is believed to have then given the bottle to Dawn Sturgess, a local woman, who later died from her exposure to the substance.

Mr Rowley, like the Skripals, recovered from the attack but Ms Sturgess, his partner, died.

Police think the novichok was sprayed or smeared on their front doorknob with a perfume bottle.

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