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Mix-ups in bodies of Polish plane crash victims

Staff Writer |
The bodies of 77 victims of the 2010 Polish presidential jet crash have been exhumed so far in an on-going probe into the causes of the tragedy.

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Ewa Bialik, a spokeswoman for the state prosecution service, told a press conference in Warsaw that two bodies had been wrongly identified and consequently buried in the wrong graves.

Tests have shown that a total of 69 parts of 26 bodies have been found in the coffins of other people, Bialik said.

Bialik added that objects such as disposable gloves, pieces of string, bottles, and phials with sanitizing agents had been found in many of the bodies.

The remains of all uncremated victims are to be exhumed.

The remaining exhumations are to be carried out by the middle of May.

Tuesday marked exactly eight years since a Polish plane carrying then-President Lech Kaczyński, his wife and 94 others – including top political and military figures – crashed near Smolensk, western Russia, killing all those on board.

A roll call of honour in front of the presidential palace in the Polish capital was held on Tuesday at 8:41 am, the exact time of the disaster on April 10, 2010.

The event was attended by officials including Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the head of the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jarosław Kaczyński.

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