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General Sikorski's exhumation given green light

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    General Sikorski s exhumation given green light http://www.polskieradio.pl/thenews/news/?id=86116 Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has given his approval to plans to
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      General Sikorski's exhumation given green light

      http://www.polskieradio.pl/thenews/news/?id=86116


      Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has given his approval to plans to exhume
      the body of General Wladyslaw Sikorski in order to establish the true
      cause of his death.

      Cardinal Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow and the custodian of Wawel
      Cathedral where the general's tomb is located, gave his consent today
      to exhume the remains.

      Dziwisz stipulated however, that any living relatives of the general
      should be asked for permission before the exhumation and medical
      examinations are given the final go-ahead.

      Both President Kaczynski and Prime Minister Tusk declared that they
      are in favour of the exhumation a few days ago. "The tragic
      circumstances of General Sikorski's death should be clarified and
      exhumation could help do just that. It is always worth seeking the
      truth," said President Kaczynski.

      Former Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile General
      Wladyslaw Sikorski died in a plane crash over the Straights of
      Gibraltar on 4 July 1943. The Liberator plane plunged into the sea
      just 16 seconds after take-off.

      A British court investigated the crash n 1943, but was unable to
      determine the cause, finding only that it was `an accident'. A
      popular theory was insufficient technical maintenance leading to
      jamming of the aircraft controls. However, the political context of
      the event, coupled with a variety of curious circumstances, gave rise
      to speculation that Sikorski's death may have been the direct result
      of a Soviet, British or even Polish conspiracy.
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