Practice and Procedure
R (on the application of MARINA LITVINENKO) (Claimant) v SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Defendant) & (1) ASSISTANT CORONER FOR INNER NORTH LONDON (2) COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OF THE METROPOLIS (3) INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION (Interested Parties) (2014)
PUBLISHED February 11, 2014
 EWHC 194 (Admin)
The Secretary of State for the Home Department had provided no rational reasons for refusing to set up a statutory inquiry into the death of a man from ingesting polonium 210 at a London restaurant, probably administered by two Russian nationals. The coroner conducting the inquest into the death had identified the public interest in establishing whether it was a state-sponsored assassination carried out on British territory on the orders of the Russian state and, in the light of relevant material covered by public interest immunity, a statutory inquiry was the only means by which that issue could be investigated.
DC (Richards LJ, Treacy LJ, Mitting J)