Saturday, May 18, 2013

Alexander Litvinenko Inquest May Be Scrapped

The inquest into the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko could be scrapped and replaced with a public inquiry to allow evidence to be heard in secret.

Coroner Sir Robert Owen has published a ruling which revealed that he cannot hear evidence on the preventability of Mr Litvinenko's death or linked to the alleged involvement of the Russian state in public.

Alex Goldfarb, a friend of the Litvinenko family and his widow Marina, said the decision was "deeply dismaying" and that it was "upsetting" that in his view the British Government had prioritised its political relationship with Russia over the need to hold an open inquest.