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Italian who met with Litvinenko seeks release

Italian who met with Litvinenko seeks release

An Italian man who met with a former Russian spy in London the day the ex-KGB agent fell ill from poisoning is seeking to be released from prison, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Mario Scaramella was arrested Sunday in Naples after returning from London, and was questioned for about six hours by Italian prosecutors in a Rome jail, where he is being detained. The arrest is not believed to be directly connected to the case of poisoned former spy Alexander Litvinenko.
"We intend to seek his immediate release from prison," lawyer Sergio Rastrelli told reporters shortly before the questioning. "My client will respond to all questions and will clarify any ... misunderstanding."
Rastrelli said Scaramella is accused of slander, but according to Italian news reports and Scaramella's father, Amedeo, he is also accused of international arms trafficking.
Scaramella met with Litvinenko at a London sushi bar on November 1, the day the former KGB agent fell ill. Litvinenko died of poisoning from radioactive polonium-210 on November 23.
The Italian man has said he showed Litvinenko e-mails from a confidential source identifying the possible killers of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya and listing other potential targets for assassination - including himself and Litvinenko.
Scaramella said he did not eat during his meeting with Litvinenko at the London sushi bar. But he was hospitalized for several days in London after testing positive for polonium-210, although he showed no symptoms.


Updated : 2021-03-07 20:43 GMT+08:00