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FILE - This is a Sunday, April 11, 2010 file photo of the wreckage of the Polish presidential plane which crashed early Saturday in Smolensk, western Russia.  A Polish court  Tuesday June 21, 2016 has convicted and handed a suspended prison term to Pawel Bielawny a former deputy head of government security over the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)

Poland said the plane crash that killed its president was likely a Russian 'assassination'


Polish prosecutors charged Russian air traffic controllers with deliberately causing a plane crash that killed former Polish President Lech Kaczynski in 2010, Bloomberg reports.

The plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, killed 96 people, including Kaczynski. Separate Polish and Russian investigations found pilot error was the cause of the crash. But Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said the crash was probably an "assassination."

The circumstances of this tragedy have already been investigated and studied in detail. It's not possible to agree with such conclusions.
Dmitry Peskov, Russian spokesman

Marek Pasionek, deputy head of the Polish national prosecutor's office, said "new evidence" allowed for new charges. 

Russia rejected Poland's claims.

On the 10th of every month, Kaczynski's brother Jaroslaw holds a vigil in front of Warsaw's presidential palace, vowing to "bring to justice" those responsible for his brother's death. April 10 marks the seven-year anniversary.

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