Russia sends Poland files on Smolensk crash

13:54, April 07, 2011      

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Four days before the first anniversary of the deadly Polish presidential plane crash near Russia's Smolensk, Russian prosecutors have transferred to Poland 14 volumes of files on the Smolensk investigation, including protocols from hearings of air traffic controllers from the Smolensk airport, local media reported on Wednesday.

The Polish prosecutor's office will receive the files on Thursday from the Polish diplomatic services that received them in Moscow on Wednesday. "This is evidence of key importance," Polish prosecutors said after returning from Russia.

The 14 volumes of files also include protocols from crash on- site inspection carried out by Polish archaeologists and geologists.

Saak Karapetyan, head of the international legal cooperation main board of the Russian prosecutor's office, said in Moscow while handing over the materials that the Poles have received all that they asked for.

Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and 94 passengers on board the presidential plane were killed in the air crash near Smolensk on April 10, 2010.

The Polish delegation was on its way to the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre, in which some 22,000 Polish officers were executed by the Soviet Union during World War II.

Source: Xinhua
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