20 September 2012, 17:34

Litvinenko report hushes up Mi6 contacts

Litvinenko report hushes up Mi6 contacts

Part of the police report on whether the late Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko had contacts with Britain’s secret service will be hidden from the public on the request of Mi6, media report.

Alexander Litvinenko reportedly died after his meeting with two former KGB agents turned businessmen, Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun, at the Millennium Hotel in Grosvenor Square in November 2006.

Litvinenko’s wife Marina claimed he had been poisoned with radioactive polonium 210 and requested a full investigation of this alleged murder case.

Counsel for the inquest Hugh Davies said details on Litvinenko’s possible contacts with the British Mi6 will only be disclosed to his team and to the coroner. The interested parties will be provided with an edited version of this report.

Meanwhile, a pre-inquest hearing has been set that is to lay out a timetable for the future inquest into Litvinenko’s death.

In an interview to Channel 4 News, Mrs Litvinenko’s attorney said that the scope of the inquest is wide and it will cover not just the immediate death but also what lay behind it. It’s not a criminal trial and will not directly result in any guilty verdicts, although a criminal prosecution may take place at a later date.

UKPA, Channel 4 News, Evening Standard
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