What happened to the other man who took tea with Alexander Litvinenko?

As the evidence against Russian secret agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun continues to mount at the Litvinenko inquiry – closing statements are due at the end of the month – the other spook who met the former spy on the day he was poisoned has slipped back into the shadows.

That’s a pity. I would love to know more about Mario Scaramella, the man who claims he warned Alexander Litvinenko that he – and Scaramella – were on a list of people the Kremlin wanted killed.

A quick catch-up: the long-delayed inquest has been told that Lugovoi and Kovtun twice induced Litvinenko to drink tea poisoned with polonium-210 on 1 November 2006. In-between, and not as yet suffering any symptoms, Litvinenko met Scaramella at Itsu sushi bar in Piccadilly where they had lunch. Given Scaramella’s own murky background, it is not surprising that suspicion for the murder originally fell on him, with the hypothesis that he had squirted radioactive poison on to the Russian’s sushi. As that theory was long ago discarded, and Scaramella (unlike the other two, agents of Vladimir Putin) had no discernible motive, he remains a walking question mark.

Full article: What happened to the other man who took tea with Alexander Litvinenko? (The Independent)

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