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Russia gives plane crash evidence to Poland

Russia handed Poland`s top military prosecutor on Thursday thousands of pages of evidence on the plane crash in April that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people.



Moscow: Russia handed Poland`s top military
prosecutor on Thursday thousands of pages of evidence on the plane
crash in April that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and
95 other people.

Among the materials passed to Gen. Krzysztof Parulski
were interviews with witnesses of the crash, documents
referring to mobile phone video of its immediate aftermath
made by local residents, photographs taken at the scene and
forensic evidence from body parts.
"Everything the Polish side is requesting, we are
providing," said Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander
Zvyagintsev.

Russian authorities have blamed heavy fog and pilot error
for the crash in Smolensk, in western Russia, which wiped out
much of Poland`s civilian and military leadership. Initial
black box recordings showed there were unauthorized personnel
on the flight deck before the disaster.

Zvyagintsev said this was the second hand-over of
investigative material. The first was in June and the next is
likely to come soon, he said.

Parulski thanked the Russians for their work, and
suggested that accusations by some Polish politicians that
Russia was dragging its feet in providing evidence was
unfounded.

"I would like to give my thanks for this huge volume of
material," he said.
Polish officials complained earlier this month about what
they said was Russian procrastination in handing over
evidence, crucial for Poland`s own investigation into whether
anyone in Poland is to blame. The Polish investigation is
being conducted alongside the main Russian investigation, in
which a Polish official is an observer. Each side is supposed
to share information with the other.

Polish Interior Minister Jerzy Miller said holes in the
documentation provided by Russia were preventing the Poles
from reaching conclusions. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he
would ask Moscow for an explanation of the delays in making
the documents available.

PTI

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