Wednesday, 20 June, 2018


UK: Ex-spy Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital

UK: Ex-spy Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital UK: Ex-spy Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital
Bennie Garza | 18 May, 2018, 19:16

Salisbury District Hospital Chief Executive, Cara Charles-Barks, said it was "fantastic" news that Skripal was well enough to be discharged.

Alexander Yakovenko said the pair were "isolated", adding: "You can call it kidnap".

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy who was poisoned by a nerve agent in Britain more than two months ago, has been discharged from hospital.

Salisbury Hospital said that patient confidentiality limited the information they could give, but that the "acutely unwell" Skripals had been stabilised and kept alive until their bodies could replace poisoned enzymes with new ones. "This is an important stage in his recovery, which will now take place away from the hospital", said, Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing.

"That he (Sergei), Yulia and Detective Sergeant Bailey have been able to leave us so soon after coming into contact with this nerve agent is thanks to the hard work, skill and professionalism of our clinicians, who provide outstanding care to all our patients, day in and day out", she said.

The worldwide chemical weapons watchdog has backed up Britain's finding that the Skripals were poisoned with Novichok, a class of nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union.

Police officer Nick Bailey who came to help them was also taken to hospital.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning and said it was carried out with a Soviet-developed nerve agent known as Novichok.

A spokesman said: "Detectives from the UK's Counter Terrorism Policing network continue to investigate the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March this year".

"This is a complex investigation and detectives continue to gather and piece together all the evidence to establish the full facts and circumstances behind this awful attack", a statement released Friday read.

He was arrested by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in December 2004 and sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of high treason in the form of espionage. (Picture: REX) Russia has denied Britain's charges of involvement in the first known offensive use of such a nerve agent on European soil since World War Two.

He was pardoned in 2010 by then-President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and subsequently released as part of a swap with three other prisoners in exchange for 10 Russian spies held by the U.S.

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