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Polish president's body may be exhumed
« on: December 20, 2010, 01:45:22 pm »
Polish president's body may be exhumed

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    * December 21, 2010 4:31AM

A BODY entombed in a Polish cathedral may not be that of president Lech Kaczynski, killed in a plane crash in Russia in April, his identical twin, ex-prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said.

"I won't hide the fact that I recognised the body of my brother at the airport" in Smolensk, just hours after the April 10 disaster in the northwestern Russian city, Kaczynski told reporters.

"But when I saw the body that was brought back in a coffin to Poland, that person did not look like my brother. I was told it was him," he said.

Kaczynski, leader of Poland's conservative opposition, said he had yet to decide whether to seek an exhumation from the tomb in the Wawel cathedral in the southern city of Krakow, the last resting place of several iconic Poles.

Poland's presidential jet crashed as it tried to land in fog for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of a massacre of around 22,000 captured Polish officers by the Soviet secret police during World War II.

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Re: Polish president's body may be exhumed
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010, 01:54:34 pm »
That would really add a new twist to this story.

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Re: Polish president's body may be exhumed
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010, 01:56:16 pm »
Polish president's remains may be exhumed
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Mr Kaczynski, his wife Maria and 94 other passengers died in the crash. (APTN: ABC News)
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of Poland's late president Lech Kaczynski who died in a plane crash in western Russia in April, expressed doubt as to whether his brother's coffin contained the proper remains.

Mr Kaczynski, his wife Maria and 94 other passengers - most of them top state officials - died when their aircraft crashed while trying to land in thick fog in Smolensk on April 10.

Some victims' families are worried they may not have been given the correct remains for burial by the Russian authorities and are considering exhumation.

Asked at a news conference whether he planned to exhume the late president's remains, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who also leads the main opposition party, the conservative-nationalist Law and Justice (PiS), said:

"I have very strong grounds to believe not all elements which were presented to me belonged to my much-missed brother. President Lech Kaczynski was definitely not a general and wore no generals' shoulder-straps. This is beyond doubt."

The Polish prosecutors' office, which is conducting an investigation into the crash, has denied in the past that an army uniform was put together with Lech Kaczynski's corpse and said there were no doubts about his identification.

"When I first saw the body in Smolensk, I recognised it. But later, when I saw it again in Warsaw for the burial, I could not recognise him at all. It was a man who completely did not resemble my brother," said Jaroslaw.

"We were told it was him, that's all I can say. Neither the (Lech Kaczynski's) daughter, nor myself, we have taken no decision in this regard (about exhumation)."

The crash threw Poland into deep mourning and sparked waves of deep compassion towards Poland in Russia, helping a fragile rapprochement between the two neighbours.

But Warsaw said this week a report on the crash by the Russian aviation authorities was "unacceptable".

- Reuters
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