: Reuters: Poland's Kaczynski blames Tusk's government for president's jet crash

16:19 Apr. 11, 2016

Reuters: Poland's Kaczynski blames Tusk's government for president's jet crash

Leader of Poland's main opposition Law and Justice party Jaroslaw Kaczynski addresses supporters during a campaign meeting in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (AP)

Lech Kaczynski's twin brother accuses Donald Tusk's government negligence of plane crash in 2010

Responsibility for the 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski along with 95 other people lay with the then government of Donald Tusk, the late president's twin brother and leader of the current ruling party said on Sunday at an event to commemorate the disaster.

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The plane crash in Russia, which also killed the president's wife, the central bank chief and several military top brass, led to bitter political divisions in Poland, after initially uniting the nation in grief.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of Poland's ruling Law and Justice party and a former prime minister himself, took aim at Tusk, who is now president of the European Council which is the summit of EU leaders, saying guilt and punishment needed to be apportioned before forgiveness could be offered.

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"One wanted to kill our memory, as one was afraid of it. Because someone was responsible for the tragedy, at least in moral terms, irrespectively of what were its reasons," Kaczynski said in a speech marking the sixth anniversary of the crash.

"The former government was responsible for that. Not Ms Kopacz government of course, but Donald Tusk's government".

Tusk was Poland's prime minister when the crash happened, and he was succeeded by his protégé, Ewa Kopacz.

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A government inquiry into the crash had blamed pilot error. But the new government, led by Kaczynski's party, which came to power in October, has said an onboard explosion could have caused the crash.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski has long accused Tusk of being indirectly responsible for the crash, which, in his view, was at least partially a result of the government's negligence.

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