Polish prosecutor in Smolensk air crash shoots himself

A Polish military prosecutor shot himself Monday morning, shortly after a press conference on the April 2010 Smolensk air disaster, Polish Radio External Service said.

The prosecutor, Colonel Mikołaj Przybył, was severely injured but still alive.

Doctors described his condition as “stable” after he was rushed to hospital.

Przybyl had been speaking out against what he described as “outrageous” charges against the Military Prosecutor’s Office in Poznan, which stands accused of attempting to procure private information from mobile phone operators.

Members of the Military Prosecutor’s Office in Poznan allegedly urged mobile phone operators to disclose text messages from reporters’ phones.

Col. Przybyl claimed that leaks had reached the press about details of the investigation into the Smolensk air disaster, causing delays in the Polish-Russian cooperation in the matter.

Some 96 people perished during the April 10 flight of President Lech Kaczynski’s delegation to Smolensk for the 70th anniversary of the WWII Katyn massacre.

The mobile telephone operators did not release the material requested by the Military Prosecutor’s Office, insisting they could only do that legally via a court order.


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