(AFP) – Jan 9, 2012
WARSAW — A military prosecutor probing the source of media leaks from the investigation into the 2010 air crash that killed the Polish president apparently attempted suicide on Monday.
Mikolaj Przybyl was addressing a news conference about a probe into allegations of illegal wiretaps of journalists investigating the crash when he asked the reporters to leave so that he could take, in his words, "a break."
One of them told Polish television: "We heard a loud thud and we went back into the room thinking one of the cameras had fallen over. Then we saw the prosecutor motionless on the ground in a pool of blood, his military gun beside him."
But he was still breathing, and an ambulance arrived "within minutes," the journalist told Poland's TVN24 news channel.
Physician Leslaw Lenartowciz, head of Poznan's HCP hospital where Przybyl was receiving medical attention, told Polish media his life was not in danger.
"His skull is damaged and we are carrying out a computer tomography for a diagnosis," he added.
Describing the event as "disturbing" in a Monday statement, Poland's President Bronoslaw Komorowski asked national security chief Stanislaw Koziej to monitor the situation along with Poland's Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet and Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.
At the news conference, Przybyl had categorically denied that prosecutors in Poznan, western Poland, had eavesdropped on journalists.
The plane taking then president Lech Kaczynski's delegation to a memorial service for the 1940 Katyn massacre of Polish officers by Soviet secret police crashed in thick fog in Smolensk, western Russia on April 10, 2010.
Among those who died were Poland's military chiefs of staff and the central bank governor.
Investigators blamed pilot error.
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