Polish Prosecution still awaits Russian autopsy reports of 18 Smolensk Crash victims
SCND: January 9, 2016
Polish prosecutors investigating the Smolensk catastrophe still await 18 out of 87 forensic - medical reports concerning the victims of this tragedy – reported the Office of Chief Military Prosecutor. Previously the Prosecutor’s Office announced that these reports were expected in Warsaw by the end of the year.
Between June 8, 2011 and April 3, 2015, the Military Prosecutor's Office leading the investigation into the crash consulted experts in the field of forensic medicine from the Medical University of Wroclaw regarding forensic medical documentation of all victims of the disaster - pointed Major Marcin Maksjan of NPW.
The investigation into the Smolensk disaster is now extended to April 10, 2016. At the end of March 2015, the prosecutor made a decision to indict two flights controllers from Smolensk. One is accused of causing immediate danger of a crash, and another of inadvertently bring about the disaster. They face up to eight years in prison. The indictment procedure was launched and a request to interrogate the suspects was issued.
Within the framework of international legal assistance the Polish Military Prosecutor’s Office asked on March 26, 2015 the Russian side to deliver to the suspects the summons for interrogation by the Polish prosecutors. This request was reissued on October 22, 2015. "There is no information whatsoever as to whether the summons were served on the suspects." - said Major Maksjan.
Polish prosecutors are still waiting for the transfer from Russia, among others, of the aircraft wreckage and black boxes from the Polish Air Force One Tu-154M. For implementation also awaits a request for "all normative acts regulating air traffic management and flight operations at the Smolensk North Airport, in their entirety" and "certified photocopies of all the navigational and meteorological documents, in particular the approach cards," provided to the crews of the Russian aircrafts which landed at the Smolensk North Airport on April 7 and 10, 2010.
In addition, a request for legal assistance was issued to the United States concerning obtaining supplementary information and technical data from the manufacturer of the aircraft equipment: FMS navigation system and a terrain awareness warning system TAWS – added Major Maksjan.
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