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Litvinenko inqury: Radiation 'at highest levels where suspect stayed'

A police officer investigating the poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko has said the highest levels of radioactive contamination were recorded at the hotel where one of the prime suspects was staying.

Detective Inspector Craig Mascall told the public inquiry into Mr Litvinenko's death that traces of radioactivity were found throughout the Sheraton Park Lane hotel and in Andrei Lugovoi's room.

Mr Lugovoi, and Dmitri Kovtun deny any involvement in Litvinenko's death in 2006.

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Litvinenko's widow weeps recalling his last words

Alexander Litvinenko's widow wept today as she recalled the last words she heard him utter before his death, "I love you so much".

Recounting the disturbing days leading up to his death, Marina Litvinenko told the inquiry into her husband's death that he converted to Islam from his bed so he could be buried in Chechen soil.

Alexander Litvinenko's widow Marina wept as she spoke at the inquiry into his death. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

The former Russian spy, who worked for British intelligence services during his time in the UK, died at University College Hospital nearly three weeks after he consumed tea laced with polonium-210 at the Millennium Hotel in London's Grosvenor Square.

Two men - former KGB bodyguard-turned-politician Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun - were named as the main suspects in 2007. Both deny any involvement and remain in Russia.

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