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Nobody -- including Lugovoi's lawyers -- expressed a wish for it.

I can see why Lugovoi wouldn't want a British jury -- the James Bond stereotypes might take a bit of breaking. That doesn't mean it wouldn't be in the public interest, though. As you say repeatedly, most of the interested parties can be presumed to share an interest in keeping certain things out of the public eye, and a jury arguably makes it harder to sweep things under the carpet.

What's the next step now? Nothing happens till the actual inquest starts, or will there be newsflow in the interim?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Dec 20th, 2012 at 10:08:46 AM EST
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A good question.

I suppose what happens now depends partly upon whether various 'interested persons' see it as being in their interest to anticipate the inquest by putting elements of the case they want to make into the public domain.

They are inhibited by having signed a non-disclosure agreement, which means that they cannot reveal the contents of the materials which are disclosed to them by the British Government.

From Lugovoi's point of view, the natural strategy may well be to wait until the British side has shown its hand before deciding how to play his.  Obviously, the inquest team will be seeking clarifications from him.  

But how far they are in a position to anticipate the kind of process of questioning which will go on in the actual inquest, and try to pin him -- or others -- down on questions of fact at this stage is not clear to me.

Another thing which might change matters would be someone in the MSM decided to attempt to do some serious journalism.  But given that so far most British journalists have simply recycled 'talking points' from the anonymous security sources, figures in the investigation, or associates of Litvinenko,

I would not rate the chances of this happening very highly, in that once people have swallowed disinformation, and made complete assess of themselves by doing so, they are generally profoundly reluctant to admit the fact.

An honourable exception to the generally lamentable standard of British reporting on the Litvinenko mystery, incidentally, is a good article by Mary Dejevsky in the Independent back in May 2008.

by djhabakkuk (david daught habakkuk at o two daught co daught uk) on Thu Dec 20th, 2012 at 11:21:52 AM EST
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The "properly interested parties" have a bunch of information that we don't have. Does a slam-dunk case emerge from this info? That seems unlikely.

The profile of Marina in that Independent article is fascinating. Quite likely, she doesn't know the truth about her late husband's doings. Is she seeking after truth in the inquest, or seeking to protect her husband's good name?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Dec 20th, 2012 at 12:12:55 PM EST
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If you look at what Ben Emmerson QC , counsel for Marina Litvinenko, said at the 13 December hearing, it will be evident that it is far from clear that her claims to have been 'out of the loop' on her husband's doings should be accepted.

Associates of Litvinenko -- notably Alex Goldfarb -- have milked the image of the tragic widow, vainly seeking justice, for all it is worth.

Enough has already emerged to establish that the prevalent image of Litvinenko in Britain and the United States has little connection with reality.  We are not yet in a position to gauge quite how much, or how little, relationship the prevalent image of Marina Litvinenko has with reality.

by djhabakkuk (david daught habakkuk at o two daught co daught uk) on Thu Dec 20th, 2012 at 01:01:04 PM EST
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