March 22, 2018 / 4:23 PM / in 10 months

UK court allows OPCW to test blood samples from poisoned ex-Russian spy

People walk past police tape placed around a pub which was visited by former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia before they were found on a park bench after being poisoned in Salisbury, Britain, March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - An English court has given permission for blood samples to be taken from poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter for testing by chemical weapons experts, a courts spokesman said on Thursday.

London’s Court of Protection, which makes decision over the welfare of people who are unable to do so themselves, agreed doctors could take samples from Skripal for examination by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the judicial spokesman said.

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Alistair Smout

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