PiS continues to question findings of Smolensk crash investigation
December 7, 2012
In another twist to the investigation of 2010 Smolensk aircraft crash, which killed President Lech Kaczynski and a number of other state officials, Polish MPs from the justice committee met with military investigators, who admitted that some detectors traced TNT in the wreckage of the plane, which does not need to imply the presence of explosives.
The sitting was organized on the motion of the main opposition conservative party law and Justice (PiS). Discussion between PiS MP Antoni Macierewicz and the head of the military prosecutor's office in Warsaw was very heated as PiS MPs accused the prosecutors of lying to the public in October, when they said no traces of TNT or nitroglycerin had been confirmed.
In November Poland's daily Rzeczpospolita published a text about traces of explosives on the Smolensk plane wreckage. Later, the
publisher said that the information gained by the authors of the article was overinterpreted. In consequence, the daily's editor in chief Tomasz Wroblewski and the author of the article Cezary Gmyz along two other editors were laid off.
On Thursday, Jaroslaw Kaczynski PiS leader and twin brother of the late President, said that the text published by Rzeczpospolita was “not far from the truth” and such situation “constitutes a serious threat to freedom of speech” and demanded that the decision about firing the journalists “would be reconsidered”.