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'Polish Breivik' sane say experts

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Nick Hodge 29.07.2013 13:47
Forensic psychiatrists have concluded that an academic who allegedly planned to blow up Poland's parliament is “sane” and fit to stand trial.

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Dr. Brunon K. (full name withheld under Polish privacy laws), who lectured at the Krakow Agricultural University, has been in custody since his arrest on 9 November 2012, and he has undergone a 6-week period under observation.

“The forensic psychiatrists' opinion concerning Brunon K. has been issued and its contents indicate that at the time he carried out his alleged crimes he was capable of recognizing their importance and of governing his own actions,” said Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for the Appellate Prosecutor's Office in Krakow, as cited by the Polish Press Agency (PAP).

Kosmaty confirmed that according to the forensic report, the suspect “is capable of taking part in criminal proceedings.”

The Appellate Prosecutor's Office will now apply for Brunon K. to be held for a further three months.

Brunon K. was originally charged with “preparing an attack against the constitutional authorities of Poland.”

Last week, prosecutors increased the charges against him, defining the offences as characteristic of “terrorism,” meaning that Brunon K. could face a 15-year sentence behind bars.

He has also been charged with the illegal possession of firearms and weaponry.

The doctor was allegedly aiming to drive a car packed with explosives into Poland's main parliamentary building in Warsaw, while the president and prime minister were in attendance.

However, he was infiltrated by undercover operatives, and explosives, detonators, firearms, ammunition, body armour and other items have now been seized across the country in connection with the case.

Public prosecutors claimed last November that the suspect was a nationalist and anti-semite who felt that “the situation in the country was going in the wrong direction because all leading governmental positions were occupied by 'foreigners',” as cited by PAP.

Meanwhile, a separate investigation is being conducted concerning Brunon K.'s late mother-in-law, whose body was identified earlier this year, after being found in a shallow grave near Krakow. (nh).

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