Britain to ask Russian Federation to extradite suspects in Salisbury attack
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 09, 2018,
Aug 09, 2018, 10:12
The UK government is poised to ask Russian Federation to extradite two people suspected of carrying out the nerve agent attack against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.
The Guardian reported that an investigation by hundreds of British police and intelligence officers pieced together the movements of the two Russians, from their entry into Britain through their departure.
London and its allies have accused Moscow of trying to kill the Skripals and says the two cases are likely linked.
It is also expected to reignite a diplomatic row with Russian Federation, the Guardian reported.
The move was reciprocated by Moscow.
Russian Federation has angrily rejected any involvement, plunging diplomatic relations into crisis.
Following this, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Strugess were treated for exposure to the nerve agent.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which has been preparing papers, has completed the process and is ready to file, the Guardian reported on Monday.
According to the publication, the request for extradition has already been prepared and is going to be sent to Russian authorities in the nearest future.
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. It's nearly a rerun of the situation. The Russian constitution prevents the extradition of Russian citizens to another state.
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 sadly died.
Britain blamed Russian Federation for the poisonings and identified the poison as Novichok, a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.
Police think the novichok was sprayed or smeared on their front doorknob with a perfume bottle.