Government 'to make extradition request to Moscow' for poisoning suspects

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 9, 2018

The British government is planning to seek the extradition from Russia of two suspects identified as the would-be assassins who carried out the nerve agent attack in Salisbury on a former Russian agent and his daughter, British media claimed Tuesday.

Government officials and prosecutors would not confirm details of the Guardian report when queried by dpa. The UK said they were poisoned by a Soviet-designed nerve agent and blamed Moscow for the attack, but was unable to produce any proof to support its allegation.

The Skripal incident occurred in March, when the former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 intelligence service and his daughter were found unconscious on a public bench in Salisbury.

The Times notes that the request for extradition of Russians in the case of the poisoning is part of a plan for the resumption of pressure on the Kremlin in connection with the attack involving nerve agents "Beginner".

Russian Federation has previously rejected similar extradition requests.

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The newspaper, citing unnamed government and security sources, said on August 6 that United Kingdom prosecutors had completed an extradition request and it is ready for submission.

And the query would worsen the diplomatic row between Britain and Russian Federation.

Russian officials refused to hand over suspects in the murder case of Alexander Litvinenko. She died eight days later, but he has since been released from the hospital. Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and accused the British intelligence agencies of staging the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

Mother of three, Dawn Sturgess, aged 44, died last month after coming into contact with the perfume bottle containing novichok thought to have been discarded by the Skripals' attackers. Police are working on the assumption that the bottle was dropped somewhere in the city, where it was later picked up by Rowley, who gave it to Sturgess.

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