Friday, 15 November, 2019

Malaysia, Australia seek justice for MH17 victims

Ukraine MH17 A view shows a cross near the crash site of flight MH17 plane
Patty Aguilar | 18 July, 2019, 14:43

Moscow has strongly denied any involvement in the downing of the airplane, despite investigation indicating that the BUK surface-to-air missile originated from the 53rd Russian military brigade based in the southwestern city of Kursk.

"At this unique place of sorrow the reading of the names of all victims is again central", a statement from the victims association said, adding that they would be read aloud by families and friends.

"We know it was a rocket, but we have yet to know who did it", Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday.

Three of the suspects are Russian and one is Ukrainian and all played key roles in the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" in eastern Ukraine.

"Malaysia will continue to work with the other members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and other grieving nations, as well as the global community in informing the progress to the next of kin in searching for accountability and justice", the statement read.

"She's my twin sister, and when that happened I thought I'm losing a wing", she said.

The service, attended by more than 1,000 people, happened at a monument surrounded by trees, one planted for each victim, close to Schiphol Airport, where the passengers boarded the flight.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) looking into the crash is made up of representatives from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.

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Almost 200 of the victims were Dutch; the others came from a variety of countries, including Malaysia, Australia, Canada, Britain and Belgium.

The JIT's June report, which announced that charges would be pressed against the suspects in the Netherlands, was met with criticism from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who denounced alleged political motivations for incriminating Russian Federation and demanded proof of guilt.

And speaking about the desire of relatives to see justice done, Rutte said it requires patience and "trust that flagrant lies and deliberate disinformation campaigns will never triumph over incontrovertible facts".

"We have determined the individual from among the fighters who brought it on the vehicle to Donetsk", Mayakov told a news conference.

Ukraine's Security Service said Wednesday it has arrested the driver of the towing trailer that transported the Buk across the border.

The remembrance services in the Netherlands and Kuala Lumpur came less than a month after global investigators charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with the murder of the 298 people who died.

"After five years, it is finally clear that justice will be done".

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