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POST TIME: 6 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Novichok poisoning
UK court charges two Russians
AFP

UK court charges two Russians

LONDON: British prosecutors said yesterday they have obtained a European arrest warrant for two Russians blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former spy in the city of Salisbury, reports AFP.

Police identified Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov as the men who tried to kill Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok in March.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it would not apply for their extradition, as Russia had made clear in previous cases that it did not extradite its nationals.

"We have, however, obtained a European arrest warrant," said CPS director of legal services, Sue Hemming.

"[This] means that if either man travels to a country where an EAW is valid, they will be arrested and face extradition on these charges for which there is no statute of limitations."

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of London's Metropolitan Police, Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, said the two men were believed to be in their 40s.

"It is likely that they were travelling under aliases and that these are not their real names," he said. Basu added that photos were being released of the men in the hope that a member of the public would recognise them.

The CPS said the pair faced charges of conspiracy to murder Skripal, and the attempted murder of him, his daughter and Nick Bailey, a policeman injured in the attack.

They are also accused of using a banned chemical weapon and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Bailey.