Russian policemen used Polish crash victim's credit card

6th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Three Russian police officers have been arrested for using the credit card of a victim of the April plane crash that killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski, a Polish official said Sunday.

Some 6,000 zlotys (1,500 euros) were withdrawn from the bank account of Andrezej Przewoznik, who headed Poland's committee in charge of monitoring national historic sites.

He was part of the Polish delegation heading to Katyn near the western Russian city of Smolensk for a commemoration ceremony marking the 1940 massacre of thousands of Polish army officers at the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

"Three members of the OMON (riot police) who committed this disgusting act were quickly arrested thanks to cooperation between the Polish Security Agency and the Russian special services," Polish government spokesman Pawel Gras told the privately owned Radio Zet.

The president's Russian-made Tupolev Tu-154 crashed on April 10 at Smolensk in western Russia while trying to land in thick fog, killing all 96 people on board.

Russian authorities quickly sealed the area of the accident and the wreckage debris was then transported to the tarmac of Smolensk's airport.

© 2010 AFP

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