Monday, 20 August, 2018

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'
Melinda Barton | 09 August, 2018, 10:09

At the same time, the news agency reports that Russian Federation "is certain to reject" United Kingdom to provide extradition.

The British government is preparing to ask Moscow to extradite two Russian citizens suspected of carrying out the Salisbury nerve agent attack, a media report said Monday.

According to The Guardian, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has prepared the papers required for the process and is ready to file.

Any extradition request put to Russian Federation is likely to be rebuffed, and The Guardian said there had been intense debate within the British government about whether to bother trying.

We will remind, the British police were able to establish two suspects in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia.

The Guardian says British investigators have pieced together the movements of two Russians in the Skripal attack. The British investigation earlier reported that two of the alleged poisoner had to flee to Russian Federation.

"This is Litvinenko all over again".

Russian officials refused to hand over suspects who Britain claimed were responsible for the murder of Aleksandr Litvinenko with a rare radioactive isotope in 2006. "The police have managed to identify the people coming over and going back again", sources told The Guardian. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attack.

Her partner, Charlie Rowley, was left seriously ill from the effects of the nerve agent but was discharged from hospital.

Police have said they believe the two incidents are related, theorizing that perpetrators first smeared the Novichok on the door of Sergei Skripal's house and discarded the container, which Rowley later picked up and gave to Sturgess, who sprayed it on her wrists. The diplomatic dispute escalated shortly after the Skipals' poisoning, with Britain and its allies expelling more than a hundred Russian diplomats in protest.