Smolensk Crash Investigation: Poland readies to exhume remains of all Smolensk crash victims

14:31 Sep. 13, 2016

Poland readies to exhume remains of all Smolensk crash victims

A ceremony at the Powazki cemetery in Warsaw to mark the sixth anniversary of the crash of the Polish government plane in Smolensk, Russia (AP photo)

Warsaw re-launched investigation into the 2010 tragedy which killed country's president and top officials

Poland is about to exhume the remains of all the 96 victims of the presidential Tu-154 crash near Russia's Smolensk in 2010.

According to the Polish RMF 24, the corresponding decision was made by the special investigation committee headed by Poland's Deputy Prosecutor General Marek Pasionek.

The exception will be made only to those victims whose remains have already been examined in the course of the investigation.

The investigative team is planning to involve additional experts.

"We have contacted major European research centres to carry out additional probes and forensic tests," said Ewa Bialik, the spokesperson for the national prosecutor's office.

Further details on the exhumation are not revealed. According to unofficial information, four families of the victims have already been notified about the plans.

Read also New recording emerges in Smolensk crash case

Prosecutors insist on the exhumation of the remains for a thorough probe into the cause of death, as the previous investigation contained errors. In addition, it is known that some of the victims were buried under the wrong names.

At the same time, not all the relatives of the victims agree, saying it hurts their dignity.

Earlier Gazeta Polska reported that in September 2010 Russian authorities placed the remains of a different person in the coffin of the last Polish president in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, who also died in the Smolensk crash.

Six years after the tragedy, Poland hopes the new investigative committee will be able to uncover the truth of what happened in Smolensk on April 10, 2010.

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