Council of Europe appoints new author of Smolensk crash report

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The Council of Europe’s Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights has started work on a report on the 2010 Smolensk plane crash, in which all 96 passengers died, including President Lech Kaczyński and his wife. The Council of Europe may pass a resolution on the issue after the report is prepared.

On September 6, Dutch MP Pieter Omtzigt, who was earlier part of a team investigating the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine in July 2014, was appointed author of the report.

“The most important element will be Pieter Omtzigt’s visit to Poland and Russia. I hope the report will force Russia to at least return the wreckage to Poland,” Polish MP Dominik Tarczyński, a member of the Legal Affairs Committee, told TVP Info.

In March, Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz suggested that the Smolensk air crash was a terrorist attack. Russia has so far refused to return the wreckage of the Tu-154M plane to Poland.

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