Human remains of 20 Smolensk victims identified over 5 years after the crash
Published: August 31, 2015
After more than five years since the disaster in Smolensk military prosecutors informed families that they found further remains of the victims. The bone fragments belong to twenty people who died on 10 April 2010. Unofficially, we learned that among the remains were the ones of the officers of the Government Protection Bureau.
The military prosecutors informed us that the remains represent bone fragments, which were found at the crash site or have been imported into Poland by various persons visiting the crash site in Smolensk - mostly tourists. Prosecutors did not want to provide any details of this development. The last bone fragments were transferred to the prosecutor's office in 2014. Since then medical experts performed a detailed genetic study of each fragment. - All the bone fragments were discovered in 2010, states Major Martin Maksjan, a spokesman for the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office. This matter angered Antoni Macierewicz, Vice President of Law and Justice and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee to Investigate the Smolensk Crash, who stated:
This case is shocking. The most shocking is the fact that this whole matter was kept secret from the families, the fact of possessing fragments of the bodies of people killed in Smolensk was withheld from the families until now. We must also consider the timing in which the prosecution considered it appropriate to inform the public that some of the bodies of twenty people were found after the burial - says chairman of the parliamentary group for investigation of the Smolensk disaster. (He could have in mind parliamentary elections campaing).
Prosecutor explains that it was only the second half of May when the prosecutor's office received a final genetic opinion prepared by the Institute of Forensic Research in Krakow. Next, the opinion was analyzed and compared with all opinions issued so far in this regard. - The lack of this opinion prevented the release of the pieces of bones to the families earlier, explained the military prosecutor. It is not known why now and not in May, after receiving expert opinion from the Krakow Institute, investigators decided to inform the families about finding the remains of their loved ones. Prosecutors will not be releasing names of these victims. They also emphasized that the current development related to the release of bone fragments should not be linked with exhumations of corpses of the victims.
Conclusive evidence of explosives detection emerges! Antoni Macierewicz Press Conference, July 19, 2013. Examples of Spectrometer readouts released to the public.
Explosives found on as many as 30 seats from the Polish government Tupolev Tu-154M that crashed on April 10, 2010 - reported Poland's largest daily "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012. Cezary Gmyz, its investigative journalist confirmed that the information came from four highly credible sources involved in the investigation. "Rzeczpospolita's" findings were also corroborated by the Polish Parliamentary Group's Chairman, Mr. Antoni Macierewicz, as well as Dr. Kazimierz Nowaczyk, who published (see below) preliminary analysis of samples performed by an independent laboratory in the United States.
Smolensk Crash Explosives:
C-4 is a common variety of the plastic explosive known as Composition C. Plastic explosive is a soft and hand moldable solid form of explosive material. Within the field of explosives engineering, plastic explosives are also known as putty explosives.
Warsaw Press Conference 10.30.12 PHOTO by Reuters
TNT (TriNitroToluene) is a chemical compound with the formula CH3C6H2(NO2)3. This yellow-colored solid is sometimes used as a reagent in chemical synthesis, but it is best known as a useful explosive material with convenient handling properties. The explosive yield of TNT is considered to be the standard measure of strength of bombs and other explosives.
TNT is one of the most commonly used explosives for military and industrial applications. It is valued partly because of its insensitivity to shock and friction, which reduces the risk of accidental detonation, compared to other more sensitive high explosives such as nitroglycerin.
RDX (abbr.. Research Department Explosive) is an explosive nitroamine widely used in military and industrial applications. In its pure, synthesized state RDX is a white, crystalline solid. It is often used in mixtures with other explosives and plasticizers, phlegmatizers or desensitizers. RDX is stable in storage and is considered one of the most powerful and brisant of the military high explosives.
HMX, also called octogen, is a powerful and relatively insensitive nitroamine high explosive, chemically related to RDX. Like RDX, the compound's name is the subject of much speculation, having been variously listed as High Melting eXplosive, Her Majesty's eXplosive, High-velocity Military eXplosive, or High-Molecular-weight rdX.
Click on the thumbnails below to view screen dumps from the detectors used to examine the wreckage and seats from the Polish president's plane crash in Smolensk. An "X" denotes the presence of the detected explosive substance and its type. The underlined Polish word "Probka" or "probka" in the screen dump 1 and 2, means "Sample"
Why did they all fly on the same plane?
Synopsis: January 12, 2013, Toronto, Canada. The wife of the late Deputy-Minister of Culture Tomasz Merta: "What I am about to tell you now, are suspicions - and not even my own - but, rather the [suspicions of the] individuals in the inner-circles of the [Polish] military... I heard a statement that was made - but, I am not taking any responsibility for how credible, or not credible it is. [I heard that] had the generals and journalists' not been re-assigned to different aircraft, it wouldn't have been the Tupolev [Tu-154M], but rather the Casa [transport aircraft] that would have been taken out.
Because the Generals were no longer onboard the Casa, there was no reason for it to get airborne. And for this reason it was the Yak[-40] that flew off to Smolensk. This Casa [transport aircraft] was never examined in any way. It was not subject to any examination. Aside from a single note in the deposition given to the military, no one was interested why this aircraft didn't fly [to Smolensk]. Perhaps, this is someones crazy phantasy, but perhaps it isn't.
Some [Polish] military personnel had suggested, that it [the Casa] had to stay behind at the Okecie military [tarmack], so that the explosives could be removed from it - because they were no longer needed [...] I am only repeating what I was told."
"Disarming" Explosives ...
It is worth for us to retrace the entire process of "disarming" the case of explosive substances at the crash site. It all started with the publication of Cezary Gmyz in "Rzeczpospolita" on October 30, 2012, and information that the detectors, which were used by experts in Smolensk (in late September and October) showed traces of TNT and nitroglycerine.
As it turned out, the journalist was also reporting about the indication of Hexogen. The storm broke. The prosecution denied the publication, and ultimately, the editor-in-chief of "Rzeczpospolita," Cezary Gmyz and two other journalists lost their jobs. The entire editorial staff of one of Poland’s most popular weeklies, "Uważam Rze", was also silenced.
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