Russian Whistleblower Death in U.K. 'Not Suspicious'
- Jun. 09 2013 00:00
- Last edited 18:09
LONDON — British police say there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of a Russian whistleblower who was as a key witness against Russian officials accused of stealing $230 million from a London hedge fund in a money laundering scheme.
Alexander Perepilichny's body was discovered last November outside his rented house in southern England. He had been in possession of documents that allegedly blew the lid off a massive Russian tax fraud involving dirty money being funneled into Swiss bank accounts.
There were fears Perepilichny had been poisoned, and two autopsies carried out in November failed to establish cause of death.
Surrey Police said Friday that no evidence of foul play was found and the matter had been formally passed to the coroner for an inquest.