Litvinenko file handed to CPS

Scotland Yard has handed a file on the investigation into the death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Litvinenko, 43, died in hospital in London in November last year, after falling ill earlier that month.

A large dose of the radioactive substance polonium-210 was found in his body, prompting allegations that he had been poisoned and a murder inquiry was launched.

The CPS will now decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge anyone in connection with Mr Litvinenko's death.

The Metropolitan Police have said that they will not discuss the contents of the file.

On the day he fell ill, Mr Litvinenko met with three former Russian secret agents at the Millennium Hotel in London. All three have denied any involvement in his death.

Friends of Mr Litvinenko, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had accused the Russian government of ordering his assassination. However, the Kremlin rejected these claims.


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