April 3, 2012

EU urged to intervene in Polish air crash 'cover up'


By Martin Banks - 30th March 2012

A public hearing in parliament was told that 'serious doubts' exist about the result of an investigation into the Polish plane crash in 2010 which killed the country's president.

Some 96 Poles were killed in the plane crash Smolensk in Russia, including Polish president Lech Kaczynski, two years ago this April.

The packed hearing on Wednesday was told that the crash "did not have the right to occur".

A report by the Poland law and justice delegation in parliament which was circulated at the event said, "Government aircrafts of civilised countries, flown by well trained pilots used to difficult conditions do not normally crash. We must know how this one did."

The hearing, organised by the European Conservatives and Reformists group, was told that "with the second anniversary of the crash approaching it can be safely concluded that both Russian and Polish governmental reports have neglected to investigate the circumstances of the crash."

It was said the official probe into the tragedy had been "far from objective, and appeared predominantly to be aimed at concealing the truth rather than investigating the real cause that has lead to the tragic events."

The hearing was told that "thanks to the work of independent scientists, mathematicians and experts nearly every day new facts and information are uncovered."

A Polish inquiry concluded that the crash was probably the result of inadequate pilot training, but participants at the parliamentary hearing were given new research which claims to show 'what really happened' in Smolensk revealing alleged new facts, evidence and theories.

ECR deputy leader Ryszard Legutko said, "This is an opportunity for the international public at large to find out how inadequate the investigation and evidence examination has been to date."

Further comment came from fellow ECR member Ryszard Czarnecki, who said, "This hearing is an initiative to break the international silence around the event of April 10 2010, and of those events that came to follow. A necessary attempt, if we are to respect ourselves."

Parliament's petitions committee is currently considering a petition lodged by the 2010 Katyn families association requesting EU involvement in the case and also for a international investigation into the Smolensk crash.

ECR MEP Tomasz Poreba told the meeting, "What is striking among EU officials and the international public at large is the lack of elementary knowledge on how new facts surrounding the crash affect the investigation and how this investigation by Russian and Polish governmental bodies has really been carried out.

"Our initiative serves to present not only new facts established by independent and distinguished experts, but also serves to bring to light the reality behind the Polish and Russian investigations aimed at concealing the truth."


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