The British Crown Prosecution Service has charged Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi with the murder of Alexandr Litvinenko. The question if anything will come of it. First off is a major legal hurdle. Article 61 of the Russian Constitution bars extradition of Russian citizens. It states, “a citizen of the
One carrot they might dangle in front of the Russians is the extradition of Boris Berezovsky and Chechen exiled leader Akhmed Zakayev. But that also might cost
Lugovoi had the following to say in response to the charges: “I believe the decision is a political one – I did not kill Litvinenko, have no connections with his death, and I have grounds in expressing my distrust of evidence collected by British law enforcers.” He then added that we will be hearing more from Mr. Lugovoi in the coming weeks. He vowed to make several public announcements “which will be a sensation for public opinion in
As more scrutinizing commenters suggest, the murder charges might just be yet another salvo in a vast cover-up. Copydude thinks that the wholr thing smells of “black propaganda.” He asks the simple question: Lugovoi’s motive? “Lugovoi is a security professional,” he writes. Professionals use fast acting toxins that don’t leave traces. End of story. Professional assassins don’t turn up for assassinations with their own passports and register at hotels in their own names. While millionaires like Lugovoi have people handle any dirty work. He doesn’t even clean his own shoes.” “Murderers need a motive, too,” he adds. “Lugovoi was neither FSB nor politician. Nor was he among the long list of people informed upon, duped or blackmailed by Litvinenko.”
Some see the more plausible explanation is that Litvinenko poisoned himself while trying to smuggle polonium to make a “dirty bomb.” AJStrata writes on The Strata-Sphere, “What still makes no sense is the fact the amount of Po-210 that killed Litvinenko was so small as to be invisible to the human eye. It does not take three trips to move a micro-gram. In fact, it is hard to handle a microgram. It would be nice to see how this case pans out, except I am not sure it will go to court. The other option – a smuggling effort for Berezovsky being handled by his comrades Litvinenko and Lugovoi – still appears to me to be much more plausible. And a court case would expose the evidence and give us a chance to see what the prosecutor’s know and see why they went with the wild murder charge.”
Could it be that Litvinenko, the much applauded “fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin” (So fierce that curiously no one had heard of him until his demise) was really just bungling terrorist who fell victim to his own nefarious plot? Boy, wouldn’t that be a riot.
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