Friday, 22 February, 2019

Britain to ask Russian Federation to extradite suspects in Salisbury attack

Police officers stand on duty outside Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury Britain UK 'ready to ask Russia to extradite suspects in Novichok poisoning'
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 05:24

The UK intends to submit a request to Moscow to extradite two Russians suspected in the attack scout Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the help of a "Beginner", according to the with reference to the channel 112.

An investigation by hundreds of British police and intelligence officers have pieced together the movements of the two Russians, from their entry into Britain through to their departure, the Guardian reported.

Putin also rejected a similar extradition request in 2007 for two suspects involved in the assassination of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London.

The Guardian reported that the decision to press for extradition follows a debate within the government, which was divided between those who want to ratchet up London's response to Russian Federation over the incident and those who see the request as a futile political gesture.

Citing government and security sources, the newspaper says the two individuals are believed to have exposed Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, to the nerve agent in Salisbury in March.

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The move was reciprocated by Moscow. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.

British police believe the Novichok nerve agent used on Yulia and her former double agent father in March was the same chemical used to kill 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess and her partner Charlie Rowley in late June, about eight miles away.

The Russian Embassy said it had not received an official request.

The Crown Prosecution Service, which prepared the extradition request, has completed the process and is ready to file, the sources said. It's nearly a rerun of the situation. The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again'. She died eight days later, but he has since been released from the hospital. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state. Mr Rowley recovered but Ms Sturgess died last month.

Since 2007, the United Kingdom has been seeking extradition of Russian deputy Andrei Lugovoi and entrepreneur Dmitry Kovtun in the case of the murder of FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko.