Official is convicted of neglect over crash
A Polish court has convicted and handed a suspended prison term to a former deputy head of government security over the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. The verdict yesterday by a Warsaw court was the first prison term handed out over the April 10, 2010, crash of Poland’s presidential plane in Smolensk, Russia, that killed all on board. Pawel Bielawny was found guilty of neglecting his duties and exposing Kaczynski to danger and was given an 18-month suspended sentence and a 10,000-zloty (Dhs9,500) fine. The plane was carrying Kaczynski, his wife, the country’s central bank chief, several MPs and its most senior military figures. Poland fell into deep mourning following the accident. In 2011, a government inquiry blamed bad weather and pilot error. But Poland is currently governed by the conservative Law and Justice party led by Kaczynski’s twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is intent on punishing those guilty of his brother’s death and launched a fresh inquiry into the crash.