WARSAW, April 23 — RIA Novosti. Polish President Lech Kaczynski, killed in plane crash near Smolensk in 2010, was too independent policy, on the verge of constitutional authority, often took decisions without consultations with the government, said the head of the European Council, former Prime Minister of Republic Donald Tusk, commenting on the process of organizing the flight of the head of state in Russia.
Earlier in Poland, have repeatedly expressed the assumption on the number of violations in the organization of the visit Kaczynski in Russia, which among other things could lead to a crash. Polish court in March 2016 and is considering the case on violation of legislation in the organization of foreign trips of senior officials in Russia in 2010. Tusk is a witness in the case, on Monday he appeared in court.
During the hearing the judge asked the former Prime Minister, was the decision taken Kaczynski flight yourself, or this issue should be agreed in the presidential administration. “The President is for President Lech Kaczynski, held a very independent, in my opinion, on the verge of the constitutional powers of foreign activity and took political decisions. Often independently and without any consultation with the government,” — said Tusk.
“I want to stress that my assessment is not consistent with the spirit and letter of the Constitution, although in our political system is not easy to separate the competence of the Prime Minister and the President. But sometimes the impression arose that this independence may overstep the constitutional system”, — he added.
Many people who have had unsupervised access to Kaczynski, in mass media Among the defendants in this case — the former head of the Prime Minister’s office Tomasz Arabic (he held the post from 2007 to 2013), two employees of the office of the Prime Minister and two employees of the Polish Embassy in Moscow. The plaintiffs in the case are 11 members of the families of the victims.
Tusk, in the course of interrogation stated that it did not accept claims in his address on the occasion of the visit to Russia. “I don’t think any Prime Minister is responsible for the airplane or car,” he said. The ex-Premier also made no claims to competence of the Arab at the head of the Prime Minister’s office.
The plane Tu-154 of Polish President Lech Kaczynski in 2010, crashed during landing at the airport “Smolensk-North”. Onboard there were 96 persons: 88 passengers and eight crew members flying at the mourning events in Katyn. They all died.
The interstate aviation Committee in 2011 issued a final report on the results of technical investigation according to which the immediate cause of the crash is recognized as the crew’s decision not to leave on spare airdrome, and the system reasons — deficiencies in flight operations and crew training.
First Polish Commission headed by former interior Minister Jerzy Miller came to similar conclusions, describing the cause of the disaster reduction below the legal minimum of the presidential plane that went to land despite thick fog. The current government of Poland did not agree with the report of the IAC and the Commission’s conclusions of Miller and made a decision on the establishment of a second Commission.