deathbed statement

deathbed statement

(deth'bed? stat'ment)
A declaration made at the time immediately before death. Such a statement, if made with the consciousness and belief that death is impending and in the presence of a witness, is legally considered as binding as a statement made under oath.
Synonym: antemortem statement
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In his deathbed statement, Mr Litvinenko blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for his poisoning.
The disclosure that radiation was to blame for Mr Litvinenko's death came after his family released his deathbed statement, in which the Kremlin critic and former security agent pointed the finger of blame at Russian president Mr Putin.
The disclosure that radiation was to blame came after his family released his deathbed statement, in which he blamed Russian president Mr Putin.
One of the professors, a former priest who died in 1995, left behind an accusatory deathbed statement.
They marked the murder of the outspoken Russian dissident by re-reading his deathbed statement, accusing President Vladimir Putin of complicity in the plot.
In a deathbed statement, dissident Litvinenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind his killing.
The disclosure that radiation was to blame for Mr Litvinenko's death came after his family released his deathbed statement, in which the former security agent pointed the finger of blame at Russian president Mr Putin.
In a deathbed statement, he accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder, allegations which the Kremlin has dismissed as absurd.
After learning that he was not going to recover, 43-year-old Litvinenko dictated a powerful deathbed statement accusing President Putin of murdering him.
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In his deathbed statement, Mr Litvinenko pointed the finger of blame for his poisoning at Russian President Vladimir Putin.