Litvinenko was warned, says former KGB agent http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/12/01/10171412.html
11/30/2007 11:29 PM | AP
Yekaterinburg: A former KGB agent who claims he warned Kremlin foe Alexander Litvinenko that he was being hunted by government assassins before his fatal poisoning was released from prisonon Friday.
Mikhail Trepashkin, who investigated allegations that the security service was involved in a series of 1999 apartment house bombings, walked out of the prison in Nizhny Tagil about 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) east of Moscow.
He came by a small van to the regional capital, Yekaterinburg, where he spoke to a small crowd of supporters and journalists.
"The worst is in the past. Before, I fought on my own and now I have many more supporters," Trepashkin said. "I've served four years for things I haven't done." Trepashkin, 50, was arrested in October 2003 on charges of illegal weapons possession and later convicted of divulging state secrets.
He was arrested days before he was scheduled to testify in a trial on the 1999 apartment house bombings in Moscow and other Russian cities that authorities blamed on Chechen separatists.
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