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A military prosecutor in Poland shoots himself in the head over planned reforms
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ' A military prosecutor in western Poland shot himself in the head Monday after defending the work of his office and rejecting planned reforms, officials and media said Monday.
Col. Mikolaj Przybyl shot himself after reading a statement to reporters at his office in Poznan, said TVN24 station, whose journalists was at the meeting. Przybyl is a deputy head of the prosecutor's office in Poznan and the head of a local department investigating organized crime in the army.
Hospital director Leslaw Lenartowicz said Przybyl is in stable condition, conscious, and his life is not in danger. Przybyl suffered injuries to the face, he said.
President Bronislaw Komorowski and Justice Minister Jaroslaw Gowin were closely monitoring the developments, their offices said.
Some lawmakers are calling for a special parliament probe into the case.
Moments before shooting himself, Przybyl read a statement to reporters in which he objected to plans by Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet to put military prosecutors under civilian authority. Seremet said that such a decision has not been made yet.
Przybyl also said that military prosecutors were proving themselves competent in the many probes that they have opened into organized crime cases inside the army. The probes primarily concern suspicions of corruption in buying equipment for Poland's troops on missions in Afghanistan and, earlier, in Iraq.
Przybyl denied media suggestions that the military prosecutors broke the law while investigating the 2010 crash of the presidential plane in Russia when President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others were killed. The media have alleged that the prosecutors had sought billing lists and text message content of mobile phones of some reporters to determine the source of leaks to the media.