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Smolensk aircraft crash: new charges on Tusk, today European Council President

Warsaw, Poland - Advanced officially by the Defence Minister and communicated to the prosecutor's office

Already strong suspects weighed on Donald Tusk about his connections with Moscow and on his supposed intervention on the inquiries that followed the tragic crash of Smolensk, when a Tupolev TU-154 airplane fell at handful of kms from the military airport of the Russian small city. It was on April 10, 2010 and it was a State flight. On the airplane there were then President of Poland Lech Kaczyński accompanied by his wife Maria, the former President Ryszard Kaczorowski, the head of the Polish Armed Forces with some high officials, the President of the Polish National Bank, the Polish Foreign Vice-Minister, Governmental functionaries, 18 members of the Polish Parliament, clergy proponents and relatives of the victims of the massacre in Katyn of 1940 that all went to commemorate. All dead, 96 people overall. The inquiries that followed conducted by Russian and by Polish in a separate manner took different ways, so that Warsaw accused Moscow to have misdirected the investigations. In this context the first suspects rose on Tusk (see for details AVIONEWS), today President of the European Council; at that period premier of the Warsaw's Government. Yesterday the Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, who some time ago created a commission of experts for new inquiries, advanced official charges towards Tusk for diplomatic treason. He would have collaborated with Putin and damaged Poland on the facts linked to the crash. Macierewicz communicated his suspects and the results of the work by the commission to the prosecutor's office who now has 30 days of time to decide if elements exist to start an inquriy on the Tusk's actions. Among the charges advanced by the Defence Minister, to not have made possible to ensure the Polish participation to the investigations on the crash area, and not have made necessary steps to bring back airplane wreckage in Poland.

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