EU's Donald Tusk questioned in Polish investigation

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo was the only European Union leader to object Tusk's reappointment at a summit on the issue. The investigation is to establish if the two officials had all the necessary approvals, to establish cooperation with Russian intelligence, regarding withdrawal of Polish troops from Afghanistan.

Justice Minister and Prosecutor General Zbigniew Ziobro told state television on Wednesday that one may see that the Polish "establishment wants to portray Donald Tusk as victim and a mistreated politician".

"Donald Tusk is being dragged into this investigation for political reasons with the aim of humiliating him", Jan Grabiec, a member of Tusk's Civic Platform party, was quoted by the Express as saying.

Before speaking to reporters, he shook hands and gave autographs to a large group of people waiting outside the prosecutors' office.

European Council President Donald Tusk was questioned for hours by Poland's military prosecutors on Wednesday as a witness in an investigation concerning the period when he served as the country's prime minister.

Mr Tusk is not subject to any allegations, but was due to appear before the inquiry as a witness.

According to reports, at stake is whether Tusk, who was Poland's prime minister at the time, authorised this alleged agreement with Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB).

Mr Tusk, 59, a former Polish prime minister, believes that he was summoned to the trial as part of a government plan to discredit him by linking him to scandals with a view to eventual prosecution.

Throngs of supporters escorted Tusk from Warsaw's central railway station to the prosecutor's office. Though having immunity, he chose not to invoke it and made himself available for questioning.

Last month, Poland's current government tried to block his re-election to the top EU-job, for motives rooted in the political rivalry.

Earlier in March, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz, a close ally of Kaczynski, accused Tusk of actions amounting to diplomatic treason, saying he worked with Russian Federation to harm Polish interests in connection with the 2010 plane crash over Russia's Smolensk.

Emotions at the train station ran high.

An agitated crowd of both faithful supporters and angry opponents greeted Tusk when he arrived at Warsaw's main train station to testify in a case dealing with alleged secret illegal contacts between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. Tusk's lawyer confirmed the case seemed to center on events that followed the crash.

Tusk said afterwards that he was barred by law from providing any details about the probe.

  • Leroy Wright