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Saturday October 21st, 2017 12:58AM

Poland's former president to be reburied after new autopsy

By The Associated Press
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new marble tomb was ready Friday to receive the remains of Poland's former president, Lech Kaczynski, and his wife, whose bodies were exhumed Monday for a new investigation into the 2010 plane crash that killed them and 94 others.

A reburial service for the couple was set to take place later Friday at St. Leonard's Crypt at the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, where many of Poland's royals and writers are buried. President Andrzej Duda, first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo planned to attend.

The late president's twin brother, ruling conservative party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and the presidential couple's daughter Marta Kaczynska also planned to be at the small religious ceremony.

The alabaster tomb where the couple originally was interred was damaged in the exhumation. A new one was crafted from white Carrara marble in two days.

The bodies of Kaczynski and his wife, Maria Kaczynska, were submitted for detailed autopsies that aim to determine the cause of their deaths and of the crash in Russia.

Separate investigations done by Poland and Russia right after the crash concluded it resulted from crew errors in bad weather. However, suspicion still surrounds the accident, in part because the identifications and post-mortems performed in Russia were flawed.

Many followers of Jaroslaw Kaczynski think the plane was downed by an intended blast and blame Russia and Poland's prime minister at the time, Donald Tusk, who is now the president of the European Union.

The private RMF FM radio station says it has learned unofficially that the couple's injuries appear typical for a plane crash.

Officials have said the findings from the new inquiry are expected within four months.

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