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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 was 'treated for exposure to radiation'

The inquiry into Alexander Litvinenko's death has heard how suspect Andrei Lugovoi was in hospital for exposure to radioactive material when Scotland Yard officers questioned him in Moscow.

Detective Inspector Craig Mascall from the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit told the inquiry that British officers travelled to Moscow to interview Mr Lugovoi and fellow suspect Dmitri Kovtun in December 2006.

Mr Mascall confirmed that both men are accused of murder and would be arrested if they ever entered the UK.

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