Poland files criminal complaint against EU's Tusk over Smolensk plane crash
March 22, 2017
Poland's defense minister Antoni Macierewicz has accused European Council President Donald Tusk of striking ‘an illegal agreement’ with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the probe of the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.
Macierewicz told the Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily on Tuesday: "Tusk made an illegal contract with Vladimir Putin that harmed Poland and should face criminal responsibility for that."
"This is not about negligence, but a crime," Macierewicz said.
The agreements, struck by Tusk’s government with Russia, cover co-operation between Polish and Russian intelligence agencies, and a tender for the maintenance of the airliner that crashed at Smolensk.
The defense ministry has notified the prosecutors that it suspected Tusk, who was the country’s prime minister at the time, of an "abuse of trust in foreign relations".
The notification, as cited by PAP Polish Press Agency, accused Tusk of agreeing to terms that prevented the Polish government from playing a full part in investigating the causes of the crash alongside Russian officials and of failing to take steps that would ensure the return of the Tu-154 plane wreckage to Poland.
Government spokesman Rafal Bochenek said Tuesday that Tusk's decision "prevented full investigation of the circumstances" of the crash.
Tusk dismissed the accusations as "purely about emotions and obsessions".
The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) is led by Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw, who has on many occasions suggested that the crash was an attack on the Polish delegation going to an anniversary memorial for some 22,000 Polish officers and prisoners of war killed by the Soviet Secret Security in 1940 during World War II. He has held Tusk responsible for the disaster.
Both Polish and Russian investigations into the Smolensk disaster found no evidence of foul play.