International Law

Polish Prosecutor Shoots Himself After Abruptly Ending a News Conference

A Polish military prosecutor is likely to recover after he abruptly ended a news conference today and then shot himself in the head minutes later while alone in his office.

Reporters who heard the gunshot found Mikolaj Przybyl lying in a pool of blood, Reuters and the Associated Press report. During the news conference, Przybyl had defended the military investigation of media leaks related to the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski in April 2010.

Przybyl had also objected to plans to put military prosecutors under civilian authority, according to the AP story.

Poland’s chief prosecutor Andrzej Seremet later said Przybyl was likely to recover, the Reuters story says. Seremet also weighed in on the issues. He agreed that military prosecutors acted permissibly when they sought cell phone records, but said they went too far when they sought text messages.

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