Of­fi­cial is con­victed of ne­glect over crash

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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.

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