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Smolensk probe: question mark over Tusk at 5 July hearing

PR dla Zagranicy
Roberto Galea 17.05.2017 14:15
European Council President Donald Tusk has said he does not know whether he will be able to attend a 5 July hearing as a witness in a probe into the 2010 Smolensk presidential plane crash in Russia.
European Council President Donald Tusk. Photo: EPA/PATRICK SEEGEREuropean Council President Donald Tusk. Photo: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

The hearing has been scheduled as part of a Polish investigation into the crash, which killed Poland’s then-president, Lech Kaczyński, and 95 other people.

Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland, said on Wednesday that he would not use his immunity as an EU official as long as he is not prevented from carrying out his duties as the head of the European Council.

He told Polish reporters in Strasbourg that he does not know what he is to be questioned about.

A spokesman for Poland’s state prosecutors said last week that Tusk was summoned to testify regarding “public officials who failed to comply with their obligations” concerning autopsies on the 2010 crash victims.

On 19 April, Tusk testified in Warsaw as a witness in an investigation into former military counter-intelligence chiefs accused of overstepping or failing to fulfill their duties. (mk/rg)

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