UK: Novichok poisoning victim released from hospital

23 July, 2018, 18:49 | Author: Donnie King
  • UK police claim poison attack suspects were Russian

"We continue to work closely with Public Health England who have advised that Charlie poses no risk to the community".

Hundreds of hours of city centre CCTV footage are being analysed from March 4, when former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, was poisoned along with his daughter, Yulia, 33.

Sturgess died earlier this month and her death is being treated as murder.

Last Friday, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they had found a small bottle that they believed was the source of the contamination. Sturgess died on July 8 and counter-terror detectives have launched a murder probe.

The New York Times previously reported that British investigators believed the father and daughter were likely poisoned by current or former agents of Russia's military intelligence service, known as the GRU. Britain has blamed Russian Federation for poisoning the spy and his daughter, who both recovered after lengthy hospitalizations, as well as accidentally poisoning Rowley, Sturgess and a police officer who aided the Skripals. Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and accused the British intelligence agencies of staging the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria. We wish him the best with his ongoing recovery.

Wilkinson said that while Rowley had been discharged, it was a "day tinged with sadness for everyone" as they remembered Sturgess.

Ridley, the coroner, said samples taken from both Sturgess and Rowley tested positive for Novichok at Britain's defence research labs.

The investigation believes that potential assassins used a perfume bottle with Novichok to spray the nerve agent on the doorknob of Skripal's house in March.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons earlier this week said its inspectors had collected samples in the Amesbury case and were analysing them.

An inquest into her death was opened by the Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner in Salisbury on Thursday, with her body released to her family for a funeral. They do not apportion blame.

An extensive search and decontamination effort is under way at Queen Elizabeth Park, where the couple are thought to have visited before they fell ill.

It was developed in secret by the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s as a means of countering USA defenses against chemical weapons, but was revealed to the world by former Soviet scientist and whistleblower Vil Mirzayanov.



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