Warsaw, Poland – A five-year Polish investigation into the unexpected death of WWII Polish leader Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski in 1943 through a plane crash yielded no evidences of foul play, according to an official Monday.
Sikorski was the Polish government in-exile’s Prime Minister that time in London when he suddenly died in a shady plane crash right after it took off from Gibraltar. Wladyslaw Sikorski was there to make an inspection on the Polish troops in Africa while his country was under control of the brutal hands of the Nazis.
A British investigation blamed a blocked altitude rudder as the cause of the crash.
However, Wladyslaw Sikorski’s dispute with Soviet’s leader Joseph Stalin that year over the annihilation of about 20,000 Polish officers who were taken captive by Soviet troops led to the hunch that it was somehow involved with the assassination. A number of Polish historians also believed that the said dispute between the two leaders had irritated the Allies who needed Stalin’s help in keeping the Nazis at bay.
Poland’s National Remembrance Institute, which looks into Nazi and Communist crimes directed against Poles, opened the probe last 2008 to see if Wladyslaw Sikorski’s death really contained evidences that it was instigated by the Soviets.
The investigation went on to examine his body as well as three other Poles who were killed with him in the said crash, cross-examined the witnesses and probed into old files connected to the incident.
A spokesman for the investigators, Andrzej Arseniuk, stated that they found no proofs of committed crime and completely supported the result of the earlier British investigation about the said crash. However, he also added that the Polish probe about the death of Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski can be reopened if new evidences do come out.