Controversial Polish politician and the newly appointed defence minister, believes Russia assassinated the Polish president in the 2010 air disaster.
Antoni Macierewicz also believes that the current president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, was a Stasi agent (East German secret police). Macierewicz is about to stir up trouble with the Russians before he has even started.
The Scotsman reports:
Antoni Macierewicz will take up the post following his appointment by the leaders of Law and Justice, the victorious party in last month’s Polish general election.
The decision to elevate Mr Macierewicz to such a lofty position has raised eyebrows in Poland.
He has long been regarded by his critics as an eccentric politician with a disturbing penchant for seeing conspiracies theories and enemies where others fail to. As deputy defence minister from 2005-7 he destroyed Poland’s military intelligence agency on the grounds it was riddled with communist-era spies.
His defenders argue he is a stalwart patriot determined to root out threats to the Polish state and stand up for Poland’s security.
Mr Macierewicz has argued President Lech Kaczynski, the twin brother of Jaroslaw, the Law and Justice leader, was killed when an explosion destroyed his aircraft as it came into land at Smolensk airport in western Russia in 2010, killing all 95 on board.
Although he has produced no evidence that it was an assassination and his theory contradicts official Russian and Polish reports into the disaster that said the plane crashed due to a combination of factors such as pilot error, he has stood by claims.
“What happened at Smolensk on April 10, 2010 was not accident nor was it caused by pilot error,” he said earlier this year. “It was an operation that was prepared for over a long time and one that was the first shot in a war in Eastern Europe that continues to this day.”
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