6 September 2020 by

The Russian political dissident Alexei Navalny continues to be in an induced coma in a hospital in Berlin after being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok on a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. The final time we heard of this deadly organophosphate was two years in the past when two Russian residents in Salsibury, Wiltshire, survived an assassination attempt. Daybreak Sturgess, who lived eight miles away, was not so fortunate. She died after spraying herself with a discarded bottle of the poison which she thought to include fragrance.

At her inquest, the senior coroner declined to increase the scope of his investigation to the involvement of the Russian state in her dying as collateral injury to the assassination try. Her household took judicial overview proceedings to problem his conclusion. They had been partially profitable; the courtroom mentioned the though the coroner couldn’t state, in phrases, that the Russian state was liable in civil or legal legislation, he might nonetheless examine that matter. They reverted the matter to him. Learn the judgment of the Administrative Court docket on the 24th of July here.

The senior coroner, who should now ask if answering how Ms Sturgess died requires him to have a look at involvement of Russian state. Within the latest episode of Law Pod UK Rosalind English discusses the broader implications of this case with Matt Hill of 1 Crown Workplace Row.

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