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Polish gov't appoints former ICC prosecutor to recover Smolensk wreckage: report

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Victoria Bieniek 20.03.2017 11:20
The Polish government has reportedly appointed a former prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to try to recover the wreck of a presidential plane which crashed in 2010, according to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
The site of the Polish presidential plane crash in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia CommonsThe site of the Polish presidential plane crash in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The daily wrote on Monday that Argentinian lawyer Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC's first prosecutor and criminal law expert, is set to assist Poland “in the process of recovering the wreckage of the Polish plane from Russia”.

In an interview with the paper, Moreno-Ocampo said that he held talks with Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz.

“I assure an independent and impartial opinion based on international law, which leads to a solution to the problem and a return of the wreckage,” Moreno-Ocampo said.

Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in late 2015, has reopened a probe into the presidential plane crash.

Some PiS politicians have claimed the presidential plane was brought down by an explosion, and have challenged a report under Poland’s previous government which concluded the crash was an accident.

The PiS party is headed by Jarosław Kaczyński, twin brother of Polish President Lech Kaczyński, who died in the crash in Smolensk, along with 95 others. (rg)

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