Suspended prison term in 2010 death of Poland's president



June 21, 2016 2:30PM (UTC)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish court has convicted and handed a suspended prison term to a former deputy head of government security over the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.

The verdict Tuesday by a Warsaw court was the first prison term handed out over the April 10, 2010, crash of Poland's presidential plane in Smolensk, Russia, that killed all on board.

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Pawel Bielawny was found guilty of neglecting his duties and exposing Kaczynski to danger and was given an 18-month suspended sentence and a 10,000-zloty (2,270-euro) fine.

Poland is currently governed by the conservative Law and Justice party led by Kaczynski's twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is intent on punishing those guilty of his brother's death.




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