Coroner calls for public inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko’s death.

 The coroner conducting the inquest into the death of the Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, Sir Robert Owen, has called on the government to set up a public inquiry into his death.  He had previously ruled that he could not consider documentation to which public interest immunity has been held to apply, including documents which have been said to raise a prima facie case that the Russian government was involved in Mr Litvinenko's death, in the inquest.  Following that ruling last month, Mr Litvinenko's widow, Marina, asked the Coroner to request that a public inquiry be set up as a matter of urgency.  A public inquiry can consider material to which public interest immunity attaches in a closed session, which an inquest cannot.  The Coroner acceded to Mrs Litvinenko's request and has written to the Secretary of State for Justice asking that a public inquiry be set up forthwith.

 

Henrietta Hill of Doughty Street Chambers and Adam Straw of Tooks Chambers, led by Ben Emmerson QC, are representing Mr Litvinenko's family.

 

See further details:The Guardian

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