Poland sets date for EU's Tusk as witness in spy case

The original summons came days after EU leaders gave Donald Tusk another term as president despite strong opposition from Poland.

Poland sets date for EU's Tusk as witness in spy case

World Bulletin / News Desk

Polish prosecutors on Thursday summoned freshly re-elected EU President Donald Tusk to testify next month in Warsaw in a case against two former military counterintelligence chiefs.

"We received confirmation that our summons was received, both from Mr. Tusk and his legal representative," Warsaw regional prosecutor Michal Dziekanski told AFP.

"Formally, the date has been set," he added, confirming that Tusk, a liberal two-time former Polish prime minister, had agreed to appear on April 19.

Tusk had been summoned for questioning in March but was unable to appear due to a previous committment at the European Parliament.

The probe centres on Generals Janusz Nosek and Piotr Pytel who are suspected of having "overstepped their duties by collaborating with services of a foreign state" without  authorisation.

According to Polish media reports, at issue is an agreement struck with Russia's FSB intelligence service -- the successor to the KGB -- shortly after a 2010 air disaster in Russia which killed then Polish president Lech Kaczynski and scores of senior Polish statesmen.

Tusk was prime minister at the time.

Some reports suggest the agreement was aimed at cooperating on the withdrawal of Polish troops from NATO operations in Afghanistan at the time, while others say it allowed FSB agents to visit Polish SKW military counterintelligence headquarters unfettered.

An angry Warsaw accused the EU of "cheating".

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful head of Poland's governing rightwing Law and Justice (PiS) party, has accused political arch-rival Tusk of "moral responsibility" for the death of his brother Lech in the air crash in Russia.

 

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