Poland identifies 2 more victims of ’10 plane crash buried in wrong graves

WARSAW — Forensic testing has proven that two more victims of the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski of Poland and 95 others were misidentified and buried in the wrong graves, Polish prosecutors said Wednesday.

The number of misidentified victims has now grown to six and highlights flaws in the handling of the crash’s aftermath in Russia. Such errors are deepening Polish distrust of its historic foe, while also fueling Polish conspiracy theories about the cause of the disaster.

But a Polish official also has been blamed for misidentifying one of the victims, while even the families of victims of the crash have made mistakes in identifying their loved ones.


Captain Marcin Maksjan, an official with the military prosecutors, said that two bodies suspected of being in the wrong graves were exhumed from two separate locations in Warsaw last week, and that forensic testing confirmed the suspicions.

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Since September, Polish authorities have exhumed four other bodies and confirmed they were mixed up.

Authorities say more exhumations could take place.

Associated Press