Exiled Polish president's body misidentified in Smolensk crash probe
October 26, 2012
Forensic data have confirmed that the body of another Smolensk crash victim, the last Polish president-in-exile, Ryszard Kaczorowski, which was exhumed last Monday, had been misidentified and mistakenly buried in the wrong grave, some Polish media reported.
Poland's military prosecutors have not confirmed the information, however.
Kaczorowski died along with 95 others, including then-President Lech Kaczynski, when the presidential jet crashed as it attempted to land in thick fog at Smolensk airport in western Russia on April 10, 2010.
The members of Polish delegation were on their way to a memorial for thousands of Polish officers, killed by Soviet forces in 1940.
Autopsies of the victims were carried out in Moscow after the crash by Russian experts in the presence of Polish officials before being flown back to Poland in metal coffins. The RMF broadcaster reported that Kaczorowski's remains were wrongly identified by a Polish Ministry official.
In September Polish investigators exhumed the body in the grave of the legendary Solidarity activist Anna Walentynowicz, who also was killed in the Smolensk crash, to find out they were remains of another crash victim.