Prosecutor Investigating Polandís Presidents Plane Crash Attempts Suicide


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Prosecutor Investigating Polandís Presidents Plane Crash Attempts Suicide

By Shane Nolan

January 10, 2012 - Mikolaj Przybyl a Polish military Prosecutor General in Poznan shot himself after cutting short a news conference in which he defended the work of his office investigation into leaks related to the plane crash that killed Poland's president, Lech Aleksander Kaczyński on April 10, 2010 and planned reforms to put military prosecutors under civilian authority. Przybylís office investigates organized crime in the army.

While speaking before a news conference on Monday, Przybyl interrupted the news conference and asked reports to leave his office, ďPlease give me a five-minute break, I need to rest.Ē Within moment the Polish military prosecutor shot himself. Reporters waiting outside his office to continue the news conference rushed into Przybyl office were he was found behind his desk slumped on the floor with a gunshot wound.

One reporter reported his accounts of the events "We heard a loud thud and we went back into the room thinking one of the cameras had fallen over. Then we saw the prosecutor motionless on the ground in a pool of blood, his military gun beside him."

Przybyl was taken by ambulance to a local HCP hospital. A spokes person from the military prosecutorís office reported that Przybyl did not die from the gunshot and is currently resting in stable condition. The hospital director, Leslaw Lenartowicz, were Przybyl was taken reported Przybyl is in stable condition, conscious, and his life is not in danger. However, he did suffer skull damaged.

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said in a statement he was 'concerned' about the suicide attempt and has requested the head of the national security bureau to monitor the situation.

On 10 April 2010, a Tupolev Tu-154M plane was carrying Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria Kaczyńska, and other members of a Polish delegation, top public and military figures of Polish state from Warsaw to commemorate the Katyn massacre. The plane crashed while approaching Smolensk Air Base in Russia. The governor of Smolensk Oblast confirmed to Russia 24 news channel that there were no survivors of the crash. 96 people were killed in the crash, including many of Poland's highest military and civilian leaders.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered a government commission to investigate the crash. Russia's Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, was placed in charge of the investigation. Przybyl has denied media allegations that his office broke any laws while investigating the plane crash of Poland's president, Lech Aleksander Kaczyński.

However, the media has reported Przybyl office had unlawfully performed wiretaps and sought mobile phone billing lists and text message contents of reporters in an effort to determine source of leaks to the media.

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