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Police ‘super-features’ helped ID suspects in Novichok poisoning of ex-spy

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Two Russians charged in nerve agent poisoning

British authorities have two Russian men with attempted murder over the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter.

Specialist uk police officers with an amazing ability to recognize people identity of the two Russian men suspected of poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, reports say.

The so-called “super-features” were involved in the massive police investigation into the poisoning, according to the New York Times. Sky News recently reported that two detectives from Scotland Yard super recognizers team were the vanguard of the search for the suspects.

Alexander Petrov, and Ruslan Boshirov were charged Wednesday with the nerve-agent poisoning of Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March 2018. Skripal was a double agent who betrayed Russia’s spying for the West.

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British prosecutors said the two men were charged in absentia with conspiracy to murder, attempt to murder and the use of the nerve agent Novichok.

Noviochok causes involuntary contraction of all skeletal muscles, which then leads to respiratory and cardiac arrest.

Sky News reports that the super-recognizers were part of a team that trawled 5000 hours of surveillance camera images, matching pictures of the suspects, filmed in Salisbury with images of airline passengers in the U. K. airports before and after the poisoning.

The super-recognizer team was founded in the aftermath of the 2011 riots in London, according to Sky News. If the police worked through the huge amount of video material, it became clear that some officers had a genetically superior ability to recognize suspects in different locations.

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The UK’s Metropolitan Police declined to comment on the super-characteristics of reported involvement in the poisoning case is approached by Fox News. “We’re not discussing the work of super features in connection with this case, for operational reasons,” according to a spokeswoman from the police, via e-mail.

Super-features have already attracted the attention for their impressive skills. Squad members allegedly identified, the suspected killer of the girl, Alice Gross, and also helped the German police on the occasion of the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne.

The Guardian reports that the super-attributes are used at concerts in the united kingdom, to ensure that thieves do not penetrate. They have also monitored the Notting Hill Carnival in London, the identification of persons excluded from the event, which is one of the biggest street festivals.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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