Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

United Kingdom to seek extradition of Russians in Skripal case: Guardian

United Kingdom to seek extradition of Russians in Skripal case: Guardian

Russia's embassy in London says they have not yet received any extradition requests over allegations any of its citizens were involved in the novichok poisonings.

The Russian embassy in London said it hadn't received an official request from the United Kingdom to extradite two men reportedly suspected of carrying out a nerve-agent attack on British soil.

The Times reports said that an extradition application would reignite a diplomatic row with the Russian government who have denied any state involvement in the novichok attack in Salisbury.

Former double agent Sergei Skirpal and his daughter Yulia were in intensive care for several weeks after being poisoned with the chemical substance at his home in Salisbury in March.

England's state prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), declined to comment on the story when contacted by AFP, while police said only that the investigation was ongoing.

After the Skripal attack, a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, died last month after her partner found a small perfume bottle containing Novichok near Salisbury and unknowingly gave it to her as a gift. The Guardian newspaper earlier on Monday was about to make such a request.

"This is Litvinenko all over again". The diplomatic dispute escalated shortly after the Skipals' poisoning, with Britain and its allies expelling more than a hundred Russian diplomats in protest.

Whitehall sources told the paper that authorities had identified two people they were ready to put on trial.

In 2007, after Russian ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko was murdered with polonium in London, Moscow refused Britain's request to extradite two Russian suspects in the case.

London blamed Russian Federation of being behind the Skripal attacks in the weeks after the incident, a charge Russian Federation has categorically denied.

The Skripals were hospitalized for months in critical condition, but after what they described as a painful period of recovery, both were released. Rowley recovered but Sturgess died.

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