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Tusk to be summoned as witness in Polish plane crash probe

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Paweł Kononczuk 07.09.2017 14:37
Former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will be summoned as a witness in a probe related to the 2010 Polish presidential plane crash in western Russia, a Warsaw court said on Thursday.
Photo: The crashed Polish presidential plane in Smolensk. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Bartosz Staszewski, PRS Team.net. (CC BY-SA 2.5)Photo: The crashed Polish presidential plane in Smolensk. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Bartosz Staszewski, PRS Team.net. (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Tusk, the European Council president, was Poland's prime minister at the time of the crash near Smolensk, which killed 96 people, including then-President Lech Kaczyński and many top military and political figures.

Tusk is to be summoned to testify in a trial in which the former head of the Prime Minister’s Office, Tomasz Arabski, is accused of failings over the way the presidential flight was organised.

In a separate inquiry, Tusk, who was prime minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014, was last month questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw probing mistakes in autopsies of the crash victims.

A crowd of supporters and opponents met Tusk before that hearing in Warsaw, much as before his April hearing as a witness in a spying probe.

(pk)

Source: PAP

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