ABC News: Charges coming against Lugovoy for Litvinenko murder; Update: Might not be extradited

There’s nothing here about a mystery triggerman but otherwise it jibes with what the Times of London reported last weekend. Spiked tea, multiple poisonings, Lugovoy in the middle of everything.

Not sure how they can claim to know the Russian government ordered the hit, though.

British officials say police have cracked the murder-by-poison case of former spy Alexander Litvinenko, including the discovery of a “hot” teapot at London’s Millennium Hotel with an off-the-charts reading for Polonium-210, the radioactive material used in the killing.

A senior official tells ABC News the “hot” teapot remained in use at the hotel for several weeks after Litvinenko’s death before being tested in the second week of December. The official said investigators were embarrassed at the oversight.

The official says investigators have concluded, based on forensic evidence and intelligence reports, that the murder was a “state-sponsored” assassination orchestrated by Russian security services…

Officials say Russian FSB intelligence considered the murder to have been badly bungled because it took more than one attempt to administer the poison…

Sources say police intend to seek charges against a former Russian spy, Andrei Lugovoi, who met with Litvinenko on Nov. 1, the day officials believe the lethal dose was administered in the Millennium Hotel teapot.

If it was a “hot teapot,” then it wasn’t inadvertent contamination from a smuggled dirty bomb, huh?

Or is that the conclusion they want us to reach?

Update: Ummm, what about Kovtun?

Update: Scot free?

Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi, who has been mentioned in the UK media as a suspect in the poisoning of former Russian Federal Security Service officer Alexander Litvinenko, will not be extradited to the UK.

“If a request for Lugovoi’s extradition arrives from London, the following answer will most likely be given to it: the Constitution of Russia prohibits the extradition of its citizens. Russian legislation, however, stipulates that a citizen of the Russian Federation can be brought to justice for a crime committed abroad if there is evidence proving his guilt,” a source in the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office told Interfax on Friday.