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British Coroner rules to drop Russia from hearing Litvinenko case

May 17, 2013, 20:39 UTC+3
It said Coroner Robert Owen had "upheld a request by Foreign Secretary William Hague to keep secret any evidence"
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LONGON, May 17 (Itar-Tass) - A coroner in the inquest into the death of controversial defector Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko has passed a ruling, which says the court cannot hear the alleged evidence of Russia’s ostensible involvement in Litvinenko’s death “on the grounds of national security”, ITV channel said.

It said Coroner Robert Owen had “upheld a request by Foreign Secretary William Hague to keep secret any evidence” that Russian state agencies had allegedly been involved in one way or another in Litvinenko’s death.

 

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