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Suspect in Litvinenko death says he'll take part in inquiry

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 A prime suspect in the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko has broken his silence to say he will cooperate with a British inquiry into the death.

   Inquiry attorney Robin Tam said Thursday that a man calling himself Dmitry Kovtun had contacted lawyers and "said he is willing to take part in the inquiry."

   Litvinenko, a Russian intelligence officer-turned-Kremlin critic, died after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 at a London hotel in November 2006. British police have accused two Russians-- Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi -- of the killing. Both deny involvement and Russia refuses to extradite them.

   Judge Robert Owen said it was "highly regrettable" that Kovtun had waited so long to make contact. It was not immediately clear how his participation could be arranged.

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