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Alexander Litvinenko

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions his Department had with the Crown Prosecution Service on the case of Alexander Litvinenko; (139194)

(2) what discussions his Department has had with the Russian authorities on the case of Alexander Litvinenko in the last three months.

Discussions have taken place between the Home Office and the CPS about mutual legal assistance issues including mutual legal assistance requests that were made, via the UK Central Authority at the Home Office, to a number of other countries during the course of the domestic police investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. Home Office officials also spoke with the Crown Prosecution Service concerning the transmission of the extradition request for the person alleged to have murdered Mr. Litvinenko.

Home Office officials have also been in contact with the Russian Prosecutor General's office, by both letter and telephone to provide updates on progress being made with the Russian request for assistance in their investigation into the case, and concerning the documentation of the extradition request.