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The Russian Barbarity. Smolensk: The body of the Polish admiral was desecrated.

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Smoleńsk: The body of the Polish admiral was desecrated. Investigators are appalled by the actions of the Russians. The coffin of Admiral Andrzej Karweta, commander of the Polish Navy, who died on 10 April 2010 in Smolensk, contained numerous body parts belonging to other members of the delegation. As determined by "Gazeta Polska", the Russians had deliberately mixed remains of men and women in some of the coffins holding remaining victims of the Smolensk disaster.

On June 27, exactlythe seventh anniversary of his burial, the body of Navy Admiral Andrzej Karweta was exhumed. This was the sixth exhumation conducted in 2017, out of the series ofrecently court-ordered exhumationsof the victims of the Smolensk disaster whose bodies had never been examined in Poland.

The exhumation of the Admiral’s body was done in Banin, a town near Gdansk, and the remains found the coffin were taken to the Forensic Medicine Office in Warsaw.

As "Gazeta Polska" has learned from sources close to the prosecutor's office, investigators were shocked at what they saw. Among the body parts found in the coffin of Andrzej Karwetawere three hands and three jaws. we decided not to describe other drastic details out of respect for the officer's family. Whether the remains in the coffin were actually those of the Admiral (since the coffin contained body fragments of other victims) will be known once genetic identification is concluded.

"Gazeta Polska" determined that the Russians had to be aware they were desecrating the victims’ remains. This is evident not only by the number of individual body parts in a single coffin(for instance, limbs), but also due to the placement and mixing of male and female remains in some of the recently exhumed bodies. In the case of one victim, a woman (name withheld out of respect), a large fragment of male skin ripped from a face, with facial hair, was found. In the coffin of another victim, a male (name also withheld), there was a large fragment of a female skull with long female hair. In such cases, there was no room for confusion - it must have been a conscious action, as a person with full knowledge of exhumation results has told us.

Prosecutors conducting the Smolensk investigation were also stunned by the autopsy reports prepared and delivered by the Russians.

Not only were those reports inconsistent with the contents of the coffins, but they also contain shocking misrepresentations, which can only be interpreted as a provocation or a desire to humiliate the Polish state. Let me bring up a simple example; our informer tells us that some of the reports stated that autopsies had been done before opening of the caskets which were to hold bodies taken right from the scene of the crash. “I have not encountered something like this in my professional career”, our informer says.

Prosecutors are increasingly appalled by results of the exhumations. Recently, Marek Pasionek, deputy prosecutor general, reported that the tomb of Natalia Januszko, the youngest victim of the disaster, contained body parts of five other people. In turn, Bronisław Kwiatkowski's coffin revealed 14 body parts belonging to seven different people. And in the coffin of GeneralWlodzimierzPotasiński there were six body parts belonging to four other people.

Further, the coffin of Archbishop. MironChodakowskicontained the upper half of his body (from the waist up) and the lower half General Płoski’s body (from the waist down). Upon the exhumation of Gen. Tadeusz Płoski remains, only half of this body was found in the coffin.

There were also irregularities in the burial of the late President Lech Kaczyński. In the coffin of the President of the Republic of Poland, body fragments of two other people were found. The Russians also switched the bodies of Piotr Nurowski and Mariusz Handzlik. In addition, the body of Anna Walentynowicz, the legendary "Solidarity" figure, was desecrated, with rubber gloves, a sleeve jacket, and pieces of other materials sewn into her body.

Thus far, 33 out of the 96 victims of the Smolensk disaster have been exhumed. The upcoming exhumation of the government protection bureau (BOR) Lieutenant Piotr Nosek, planned for the fall, is raising a lot of anxiety among the investigators. One of the photographs taken right after the crash shows a head injury which appears to be a gunshot wound. This photograph was discussed in the book titled "Secret Files S." by Jurgen Roth, a German investigative journalist, who asked a famous American forensic doctor, Vincent DiMaio, for his expert opinion who stated: "The damageseen on the head is probably agunshot wound". One of the investigators tells us: "we hope that that exhumation will explain the uncertainties of this case".

A separate investigation is underwaywith regard to wrongdoing related to the initial handling of the Smolensk victims’ autopsies. According to the prosecutor's office, the disallowing of autopsies right after the arrival of the bodies in Poland in 2010 prevented detection of errors related to identification of the victims. "As a result of the exhumations conducted by the prosecutor's office since autumn 2016, irregularities have been detected in over half the cases. Theyprimarilyinvolvedswitching of bodies of the victims, or placing body parts of multiple people in one coffin (in an extreme case, of eight different people)” - the National Prosecutor's Office states.

In early July 2017, former prime minister, Donald Tusk, was to be questioned in this case. However, he failed to appear due to “responsibilities", but he assured that “in no way he would avoid this type of questioning whenever possible".

 

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As soon as September 24, 2010, Donald Tusk, prime mister at the time, has been notified that Russians placed bodies of wrong people in the coffins of the President-in-exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and of several other Smolensk victims. The Miller Commission and the Military Prosecutor's Office also learned about the mistaken bodies. The source was credible; it was the Polish ambassador to Moscow, Jerzy Bahr, who received such information from Piotr Litwiszka, head of the International Legal Cooperation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office. However, this information was not passed to the victims’ relatives, and exhumations were deliberately prevented.
Moreover, Tusk in 2012 argued: "I should not comment on the determination of some families to exhume the bodies, even if I do not understand their determination, because I do not understand it." President Kaczorowski's exhumation was finally performed on October 22, 2012. Indeed, his coffin held a body of another person.

 

Andrzej Karweta (1958-2010)

Officer of the Polish Navy in the rank of vice-admiral, commander of the Navy since November 11, 2007. In 2002, he became the Deputy Head of the Submarine Division at the NATO Supreme Allied Forces Command for the Atlantic Ocean. A year later, he assumed the post of the national Polish liaison officer at the Allied NATO Transformation Command in Norfolk. On 8 November 2007, President Lech Kaczyński awarded him to the rank of vice admiral.
Andrzej Karweta was married to Maria (Mariola) Jolanta. He has three children, two daughters and a son.


Author: Grzegorz Wierzchołowski

19:59 19 lipca 2017