According to the Metropolitan Police investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the official timeline of their movements on the weekend of the incident is as follows:
Saturday 3rd March 14.40hrs on Saturday 3 March: Yulia arrives at Heathrow Airport on a flight from Russia. Sunday 4th March 09.15hrs on Sunday, 4 March: Sergei’s car is seen in the area of London Road, Churchill Way North and Wilton Road. 13.30hrs: Sergei’s car is seen being driven down Devizes Road, towards the town centre. 13:40hrs: Sergei and Yulia arrive in Sainsbury’s upper level car park at the Maltings. At some time after this, they go to the Bishops Mill Pub in the town centre. 14.20hrs: They dine at Zizzi Restaurant. 15:35hrs: They leave Zizzi Restaurant. 16.15hrs: Emergency services receive a report from a member of the public and police arrive at the scene within minutes, where they find Sergei and Yulia extremely ill on a park bench near the restaurant.
Whilst fully realising that such a timeline does not necessarily need to include every detail, such as the time that Yulia arrived in Salisbury on the Saturday afternoon, nevertheless, there are some serious problems with this account, which are broadly as follows: Firstly, it omits crucial information from the morning of 4th March. Secondly, it ignores a very important incident on the afternoon of 4th March. Thirdly, it is, I believe, incorrect in the sequence of events it presents. In this piece, I want to concentrate on the first one of these – the morning – and then cover the second and third in subsequent pieces.
This post originally appeared on SOTT.net