UK government won't challenge Litvinenko ruling

LONDON (AP) — The British government says it will not challenge a court ruling ordering it to reconsider its decision not to hold an inquiry into the death by radioactive poisoning of a former Russian agent.

Alexander Litvinenko, who had become a strong critic of the Kremlin, died in London in 2006 after drinking tea laced with polonium-210.

Earlier this week, Britain's High Court said Home Secretary Theresa May must rethink her decision to await the outcome of an inquest before deciding whether to hold an inquiry.

A coroner's inquest — the normal method of examining an unexplained death — has been barred from considering secret evidence about the possible role of the Russian state.

The Home Office said Friday it was "carefully considering the judgment" but would not launch an appeal.

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