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CPS authorises charges against third Novichok suspect

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The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge a third suspect, Sergey Fedotov, in relation to the 2018 Salisbury Novichok attack.

Nick Price, CPS Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "We are working closely with the police to ensure that, where possible, those responsible for this attack are brought to justice. Our specialist prosecutors have considered the additional evidence against the third suspect and have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is clearly in the public interest to charge Sergey Fedotov, who is a Russian national, with a number of offences including conspiracy to murder, attempted murder and the use and possession of a chemical weapon.

"We will not apply to Russia for the extradition of Sergey Fedotov as the Russian constitution does not permit extradition of its own nationals. Russia has made this clear following requests for extradition in other cases. Should this position change then an extradition request would be made.

"A realistic prospect of conviction means that the CPS is satisfied on an objective assessment that the evidence can be used in court and that an objective, impartial and reasonable jury hearing the case, properly directed and acting in accordance with the law, is more likely than not to convict Sergey Fedotov of the charges. It is of course for a jury to decide whether the evidence is enough for them to be sure of the suspect’s guilt.”

Notes to editors

  • Sergey Fedotov is charged with:
    • conspiracy to murder Sergei Skripal;
    • attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey;
    • causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Yulia Skripal and Nick Bailey; and
    • possession and use of a chemical weapon, contrary to the Chemical Weapons Act 1996.

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