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Hugh Davies, the barrister to the inquest, revealed that almost a year after it was invited to participate in the inquest, the Russian government had applied to be represented. On Wednesday, Mr Davies explained a letter was received requesting that the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation - sometimes compared with the American FBI - be granted "interested-person status" at the inquest in May.

He added that, having examined documents supplied by the British government, the inquiry team had failed to find evidence that supported a wide variety of theories including claims Mr Litvinenko had been murdered by the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, the Spanish mafia, Italian academic Mario Scaramella or Chechen organisations.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 02:33:38 AM EST
Having attended yesterday's hearing, I can perhaps clarify this.  All that Counsel to the inquest was saying was that, in the materials submitted by the British government, there is no evidence supporting the claim that Scaramella murdered Litvinenko.  This is, obviously, only one source of evidence.

In fact, the Coroner, Sir Robert Owen, indicated that, for the moment at least, he was not planning to rule any of the various suggestions put forward about how Litvinenko died outside the scope of the inquest.

In fact, our contention -- as argued in the following diary -- is emphatically not that Scaramella is likely to have murdered Litvinenko.  What we think is that the incrimination of his Italian colleague by Litvinenko was as much of a frame-up as a range of claims the two had earlier disseminated together.

The interest of his claim as evidence lies not in any likelihood that it is true, quite precisely in the fact that it is almost certainly false.  In criminal investigations, the lies people tell, and the 'smokescreens' they put up, are often of crucial evidential value.  We believe this is likely to be true in this case.

by djhabakkuk (david daught habakkuk at o two daught co daught uk) on Fri Dec 14th, 2012 at 03:12:35 AM EST
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