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Investigators call first suspect in Kaczynski's death

11:02 06/02/2012

WARSAW, February 6 - RAPSI. Polish law enforcement authorities suspect a deputy head of the Government Protection Bureau of negligent organization of a fatal visit of Polish president Lech Kaczynski to Russia in 2010, TVN24 channel reported.

According to the media reports, investigators suspect 45-year-old Brigade General Pavel Belavny. Polish media does not identify the suspects. However, there were only two Government Protection Bureau's deputy heads with one of them named Pavel.

Warsaw prosecutor's office confirmed to TVN24 that Government Protection Bureau's deputy head was summoned to the police to be interrogated as a suspect. TVN24 reported that he was charged on Thursday with negligent organization of Kaczynski's visit to Smolensk on April 10, 2010. If convicted, he may face up to three years in prison.

Kaczynski died on 10 April 2010 in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 while attempting to land at Smolensk-North airport in Russia. A total of 96 people died including the Polish president, his wife and a number of the country's key officials.

The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) issued a final report in late July 2011 stating that the air crash was caused by the crew's attempt to land the aircraft in a thick fog in conditions of poor visibility. In the mean time, IAC called the poor flight preparation and inadequately skilled crew to be the tragedy's root cause.

In late January the Prague district prosecutor's office stated the flight security level did not comply with the rules then applicable by the Government Protection Bureau.
The experts uncovered that individuals responsible for organizing Kaczynski's visit to Smolensk committed a number of violations which adversely affected the security of Poland's highest military and civilian leaders.

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