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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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Doubts cast over Litvinenko murder suspect's past

Dmitri Kovtun's former wife appeared to contradict his own claim that he was a director of an oil company in 2006.

Murder suspect Dmitri Kovtun. Credit: Reuters

Mr Kovtun, who is accused of Alexander Litvinenko's murder, had fled to Hamburg in Germany and sought political asylum, the inquiry was told.

During an interview with British police in December 2006, Mr Kovtun listed his jobs as director general of gas and oil provider Global Project and an employee of Continental Petroleum Limited.

But in an extract of a police interview given by his ex-wife Inne Hohne, which was read to the court, she said he "wanted to be a porno star" and that he had "absolutely nothing to do with" the oil trade.

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