Skripals' mental capacity may be compromised by Salisbury nerve agent attack

Flowers placed at the cordon by GT Cards in the Maltings - Sergei Skripal Russian spy investigation (Mike Draper Spire FM)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:14pm 22nd March 2018. (Updated at 8:20pm 22nd March 2018)

The mental capacity of the Russians poisoned by a nerve agent may be compromised to an unknown degree, a UK court has said.

The mental capacity of two Russians poisoned by a 'nerve agent' attack in Salisbury may be compromised to an unknown degree, a UK court has said.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been in a critical condition at Salisbury District Hospital since the attempt on their lives on Sunday 4 March 2018.

On Thursday afternoon (22March) doctors were given permission to take blood samples from 66-year-old Sergei and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia.

The pair were found slumped on a park bench in The Maltings Shopping centre.

A Police cordon remains at The Maltings Shopping centre in Salisbury where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found
A Police cordon remains at The Maltings Shopping centre in Salisbury


The Court of Protection in London said it is not possible to say when or to what extent Sergei and Yulia Skripal may "regain capacity".

Judge David Williams has said:
The former spy and his daughter remain stable in hospital and under heavy sedation after the Salisbury attack on 4 March, a consultant who is treating them told the court.


VICTIMS: Sergei & Yulia Skripal 'cannot communicate'.

The court also heard that blood samples from Sergei and Yulia Skripal were analysed by experts at the Porton Down laboratories near Salisbury and the findings confirmed the pair were exposed to novichok or a related nerve agent.

They are being treated on the basis they would want to be kept alive and achieve optimal recovery.

The judgment adds:

"It is not inconceivable that their condition could rapidly deteriorate,"

The Skripals' case went to court because experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons want to take a sample of their blood to check the UK's novichok assessment.

The Court of Protection makes rulings for people, such as the Skripals, who lack the required mental capacity to decide for themselves.

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