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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 murder suspect 'spoke of exterminating traitors'

One of the men suspecting of murdering poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko told police that anyone who caused damage to Russia should be "exterminated", the inquiry into his death has heard.

Andrei Lugovoi, the main suspect in the London murder of dissident Alexander Litvinenko. Credit: REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

Former KGB officer Andrei Lugovoi is one of two men charged with Mr Litvinenko's murder.

In an extract of the newspaper interview shown to the inquiry, he said he believed Litvinenko was a "traitor".

He allegedly added: "If someone has caused the Russian state serious damage, they should be exterminated. This is my firm belief and the belief of any normal Russian".

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