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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The day after Alexander Litvinenko died a friend read out his deathbed statement accusing Vladimir Putin of his murder: "You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed.
Litvinenko made a deathbed statement accusing Putin of authorizing his killing.
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Three persons had caught him from behind, poured petrol on him and set him on fire, according to his deathbed statement.
The alleged deathbed statement by Gallogley claimed Gartshore sedated Moira before abusing her and leaving her in his bus, where she died "from the cold".
Mr Litvinenko's deathbed statement accused Mr Putin, then the Russian President, of ordering his assassination.
In a deathbed statement, Litvinenko blamed his condition on Russian president Vladimir Putin.
In his deathbed statement, Mr Litvinenko blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for his poisoning.
The disclosure that radiation was to blame came after his family released his deathbed statement, in which he blamed Russian president Mr Putin.
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.
One of the professors, a former priest who died in 1995, left behind an accusatory deathbed statement.
Nov 24, 2006: Deathbed statement released accusing Putin.