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April 15, 2021

Polish air crash prosecutor shoots himself

WARSAW – A Polish military prosecutor has shot himself in the head after cutting short a news conference in his office, officials and media reports say, according to the BBC. Col Mikolaj Przybyl was defending a military investigation into media leaks related to the air crash that killed the Polish president in 2010. He asked reporters to leave so that he could take “a break”.

Upon hearing a loud thud, the reporters returned to find him on the floor with a pool of blood around his head. Przybyl, who was in his office in Poznan, western Poland, is now in hospital in stable condition. His life is not in danger, according to hospital officials.

At the news conference, Przybyl had denied prosecutors in Poznan, western Poland, had eavesdropped on journalists who were investigating the crash. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has said in a statement he was “concerned” about the incident and had asked the head of the national security bureau to monitor the situation.

The plane taking then President Lech Kaczynski’s delegation to a memorial service for the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre of Polish officers by Soviet secret police crashed in thick fog in Smolensk, western Russia, on 10 April 2010. As well as Kaczynski, his wife and 94 senior officials also died when the jet tried to land. Investigators blamed pilot error.

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