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Polish official with doubted assassination idea honored – The Washington Put up

WARSAW, Poland — President Andrzej Duda of Poland on Friday awarded the nation’s prime civilian honor to a communist-era pro-democracy fighter who not too long ago was accused within the media of manipulating proof whereas investigating a presidential aircraft crash in Russia that killed 96 outstanding Poles.

Duda stated he awarded The Order of the White Eagle to Antoni Macierewicz, 74, for his contribution to Poland’s sovereignty and democratic modifications, and for his service to the nation.

Within the Nineteen Seventies Macierewicz co-founded a dissident group, the Staff’ Protection Committee, or KOR, that laid foundations for the nationwide Solidarity motion that in 1989 toppled communist rule in Poland. Macierewicz was repeatedly incarcerated for his actions.

The small ceremony the place Duda awarded him the excellence happened 46 years since KOR’s founding. Two different co-founders, Miroslaw Chojecki and Piotr Naimski, additionally obtained the consideration.

Macierewicz went on to function protection minister throughout 2015-2018 and is an in depth affiliate of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the pinnacle of Poland’s governing Regulation and Justice social gathering.

He was appointed head of a particular authorities fee investigating the 2010 crash that killed Kaczynski’s twin, then-President Lech Kaczynski, and 95 different Poles.

Macierewicz has insisted the presidential aircraft crash was an assassination deliberate in Moscow. A current report by Polish information channel TVN24 alleged that Macierewicz and his fee manipulated and hid proof that didn’t assist the assassination idea.

Earlier, an expert fee for aviation incidents stated the crash in adversarial circumstances resulted from errors by the crew and the management tower at Russia’s Smolensk airport.

Many authorities critics stated Friday that the “younger” Macierewicz merited the award for his braveness in opposing the communist regime however that his later exercise made him an inappropriate recipient now.

The chief of the opposition Polish Individuals’s Occasion, Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz stated it was an “unimaginable scandal” that the The Order of the White Eagle went to a person “whose primary achievement is stitching hatred and lies.”

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