British Police Charge Third Suspect in 2018 Salisbury Novichok Attack

British police have charged on Sept. 21 a third suspect in the 2018 Salisbury Novichok attack, which killed one person and left another three critically ill.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Denis Sergeev, a senior Russian agent believed to have used the alias “Sergey Fedotov” when he carried out the attack on former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, police officer Nick Bailey, as well as the poisoning of Charlie Rowley and the murder of Dawn Sturgess.

The charges include conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession and use of a chemical weapon.

“Our specialist prosecutors have considered the additional evidence against the third suspect and have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction,” Nick Price, CPS Head of Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division, said.

Price further said that CPS was not applying for an extradition warrant because Russia’s constitution does not allow the extradition of its own nationals.

Home Secretary Priti Patel told the House of Commons that if any of the suspects travel outside of Russia, “we will work with our international partners and take every possible step to detain them and extradite them to face justice.”

According to the police, Sergeev traveled to the United Kingdom on a flight from Moscow to London Heathrow and stayed at a hotel in central London between March 2 and 4, 2018.

Police further said that Sergeev met with two previously identified suspects in the attacks — Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin — on more than one occasion.

Police have alleged that all three suspects previously worked together as officers of Russian’s military intelligence service GRU.

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