Police defend investigation into tycoon's death

Thames Valley Police has released a statement following the verdict of an inquest into the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky.

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Statement comes after inquest verdict

Thames Valley Police and the South East Counter Terrorism Unit have issued a statement following the "open" verdict into the death of Russian Boris Berezovsky. He was found dead at his ex-wife's mansion in Ascot last year.

It said the two organisations had "carried out a thorough investigation into the unexplained death of Platon Elenin formerly known as Boris Berezovsky."

The investigation included the deployment of an experienced Home Office pathologist to examine the body in situ and conduct the subsequent post mortem.

His findings were considered alongside examination of the ligature, detailed toxicology, physical evidence recovered from the scene and the deceased’s medical history.

The investigation could find nothing to support the hypothesis of third party involvement.

– Thames Valley Police

In reaching his verdict the Coroner Mr Bedford made it clear he had no criticism of the police investigation. He stated that his open verdict was as a consequence of conflicting expert testimony regarding pathology.

It is proper for the investigation to consider the alternative pathology position. This position was only brought to police attention immediately before the inquest.

We would stress that the coroner has not specifically requested that any additional work take place. We will continue to liaise with family members as we have done throughout this process."

– Thames Valley Police
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