Suspects who poisoned Sergei Skripal reportedly identified

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 19, 2018

According to the newspaper, "a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Press Association" that "investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack through CCTV and have cross-checked this with records of people who entered the country around that time".

"There is no evidence that either Dawn or Charlie visited any of the sites that were decontaminated following the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal", Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism chief Neil Basu said on Monday, adding that "the investigation must be led by the evidence available and the facts alone".

Earlier this month, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley were hospitalized after falling ill, and investigators determined they had been exposed to the Russian-made poison Novichok.

"Work is ongoing to establish whether the nerve agent is from the same batch as used in the attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March, and this remains a main line of enquiry for the investigation team", the police said in a statement.

Ms Sturgess, a mother-of-three, died in hospital a week after falling ill.

Ewan Hope, the son of Ms Sturgess, said he wants her killer or killers to "get what they deserve".

The attacka in Salisbury revived memories of the 2006 poisoning of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London, and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would respond "robustly" if Russia was found responsible.

After having a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Fox News that he had never heard of the last names of the recent novichok victims.

British police say Sturgess had come into contact with a Novichok-type nerve agent on June 29.

The park and other locations in Salisbury and nearby Amesbury were cordoned off last month after the exposure of the couple to the nerve agent.

While they have so far not confirmed the existence of a contaminated perfume bottle, police have revealed that the Novichok came from a "small bottle" that they found inside Rowley's home.

Investigators are studying whether the British couple's poisoning is linked to the Skripals.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing in the United Kingdom, described the process as "painstaking and vital work".

The UK has invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent.

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