Russia hands Poland new documents on Kaczynski crash

19th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia Thursday handed Poland new documents on the investigation into the death of president Lech Kaczynski in an air crash, after strong criticism from Warsaw over Russia's handling of the probe.

Russia's deputy general prosecutor Alexander Zvyagintsev handed 11 volumes of documents to a Polish delegation led by Polish chief military prosecutor Krzysztof Parulski, an AFP correspondent reported.

Zvyagintsev said the volumes contained evidence from witnesses of the crash, protocols from inspections of the crash scene and other data.

"We managed to find an eyewitness of the incident who took a video from a mobile phone," he added.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said earlier this month that Poland wanted Russia to explain the delay in sending to Warsaw key facts in the probe into the death of Kaczynski in April 10 air crash in western Russia.

All 96 people on board, including Kaczynski, his wife and scores of senior Polish officials, were killed in the crash in heavy fog outside the western Russian city of Smolensk.

© 2010 AFP

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