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Tense crowd awaits Tusk in Poland as he is to testify

  • Supporters of former Polish Prime Minister and now European Council President Donald Tusk gathered at the Central Railway Station in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tuske has to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. He is to be questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Supporters of former Polish Prime Minister and now European Council President Donald Tusk gathered at the Central Railway Station in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tuske has to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. He is to be questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council waves as he arrives at the prosecutor office in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He ha to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. Tusk is to be questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council waves as he arrives at the prosecutor office in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He ha to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. Tusk is to be questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council arrives at the prosecutor office in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He ha to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. Tusk is to be questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council arrives at the prosecutor office in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. He ha to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials. Tusk is to be questioned by prosecutors in Warsaw as a witness. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of emotional people gathered on a train platform in Warsaw to await the arrival of Donald Tusk, president of the European Council and former Polish prime minister, who is to testify in an investigation into an alleged secret deal between Polish and Russian intelligence officials.

The mood was tense as they awaited Tusk's arrival on Wednesday, with supporters holding EU flags and his detractors holding up signs accusing him of crimes.

Tusk is to be questioned by prosecutors as a witness. Many see his questioning as part of a larger attempt by Poland's nationalist government to discredit him and perhaps imprison him eventually. He has been accused by the defense minister of treason in another matter, the handling of the 2010 plane crash that killed the Polish president.