Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever

January 28, 2015 3:17 PM

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LONDON (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been discovered by a normal autopsy, a pathologist said Wednesday.

Nathaniel Cary, who conducted the post mortem examination, told an inquiry into the death that Litvinenko's corpse was so hazardous that it was left in place for two days after he died in a London hospital on Nov. 23, 2006, from poisoning with radioactive polonium-210.

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