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Thursday 30 July 2015

British Home Secretary admits police regard spy's death as suspicious

Published 26/11/2006 | 14:35

British Home Secretary John Reid said police are now treating the death of

Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko as suspicious.

Speaking at a Scottish Labour Party conference in Oban, Secretary Reid said

this development marks a new stage of the case.

``As at this stage, they're saying to me that they now regard the death as

suspicious. That wasn't the case yesterday, for instance," he said.

"They're now saying, however, that they keep all possible options and avenues open."

Secretary Reid said he did not believe politicians should not involve themselves in police matters and that he was not in a position to comment on possible involvement of a foreign state.

Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-KGB spy, died in London on Thursday night.

Doctors found traces of polonium 210, a deadly radioactive substance, in his body.

Litvinenko was a bitter opponent of Russian leader, Vladimir Putin.

UK police have travelled to Moscow today to continue their investigation.

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