Polish General received a suspended sentence for Kaczynski’s visit to Smolensk


Polish General Paul Belanoha responsible for organizing the visit of President Lech Kaczynski in Smolensk in 2010, was sentenced to one and a half od probation, reports the Polish press Agency (PAP).

The district court in Warsaw admitted Belanova, held the post of Deputy head of Bureau of government protection (BOR), guilty of improper performance of duties for organization of the visit of senior officials of Poland in Smolensk.

On 10 April 2010 near Smolensk the plane crashed Tu-154, where Kaczynski, his wife and members of the high command and the political parties of Poland was flying in the ceremonies on the anniversary of the massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn forest. In the crash killed all who were on Board — 96. According to the report of Interstate aviation Committee, the cause of the crash of the presidential airliner became the incorrect actions of the crew.

At the end of March 2016 the District court in Warsaw started the trial five other defendants in breach of duty if the visit Kaczynski in Smolensk. Then there appeared before the court, the former head of the Prime Minister’s office Tomasz Arabic, two employees of the office and two diplomats from the Embassy of Poland in Russia.

The Ministry of justice of Poland earlier in March created a new Commission on investigation of circumstances of accident. This decision was taken due to the fact that the investigation was not conducted in accordance with international standards.

On may 11 2016, the new Minister of defence of Poland, Anthony Macierewicz said that the former government of Poland allegedly “hid key documents, including the latter stages of the flight Tu-154, thereby misinforming the public.” Macierewicz repeatedly made statements about the Smolensk disaster. In mid-March he has offered to prosecute for falsifying report about the crash of former Prime Minister Donald Tusk. In addition, he compared the crash of the presidential Tu-154M with the attack.