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Elderly Pole desecrates memory of Smolensk air crash victims

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Police in Warsaw arrested a 71-year-old Polish citizen who threw a glass jar filled with fecal matter at a plaque commemorating the victims of the April crash of a Polish presidential plane near Smolensk in Russia.

Police in Warsaw arrested a 71-year-old Polish citizen who threw a glass jar filled with fecal matter at a plaque commemorating the victims of the April crash of a Polish presidential plane near Smolensk in Russia.

"The jar with excrements hit the middle of the plaque. The elderly man was arrested near the presidential palace and we are trying to find out his motives," a spokesman for the Warsaw police department told reporters on Tuesday.

According to media reports, the man is mentally ill and he has been sent to a hospital for medical evaluation.

The plaque was placed on one of the buildings of the presidential palace complex during an official ceremony on August 12.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and a delegation of senior Polish officials died when their plane crashed in thick fog near the west Russian town of Smolensk on April 10. They were on their way to a ceremony to pay tribute to some 20,000 Polish officers murdered by Soviet secret police in the Katyn massacre.

There were 96 people on board the plane, including 8 crewmembers. No one survived.

 

WARSAW, August 18 (RIA Novosti)

 

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