Man sells MH17 sou­venirs

Lesotho Times - - International -

THE HAGUE — Dutch po­lice have sus­pended an of­fi­cer who tried to sell on­line sou­venirs said to have come from the wreck­age of Malaysia Air­lines flight MH17 shot down over war-torn Ukraine last year.

The man is un­der ar­rest for em­bez­zle­ment and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched and the man is un­der ar­rest for em­bez­zle­ment, po­lice said in a state­ment.

He had tried to sell “a piece of the cloth­ing he used at the crash site” when teams were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the disas­ter in­volv­ing the plane fly­ing from Am­s­ter­dam to Kuala Lumpur, the state­ment added.

All 298 peo­ple on board MH17, mostly Dutch cit­i­zens, were killed when the plane was hit by a Rus­sian-made BUK mis­sile fired from ter­ri­tory held by pro-rus­sian rebels in July last year, ac­cord­ing to a Dutch-led in­quiry.

Apart from the cloth­ing, the man had also tried to sell on the Dutch web­site Mark­t­plaats (Mar­ket­place) a packet of Malaysia Air­lines tis­sues and an­other un­known item which al­legedly came from the downed plane.

Mark­t­plaats told Dutch televi- sion NOS that the “of­fen­sive” link had now been re­moved from the site.

The man had tried to sell the items for $1 600, billing them as a “wall dec­o­ra­tion” made from a jacket and cap given to the in­ves­ti­ga­tors, as well as the tis­sues and what he said was “a piece of the hull,” NOS re­ported.

The po­lice said “fur­ther re­search will de­ter­mine” whether the items ac­tu­ally came from the plane.

The pros­e­cu­tion ser­vice has also launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. No de­tails of the po­lice of­fi­cer’s iden­tity were re­vealed. — AFP SYD­NEY — A new sur­vey has sug­gested that Mus­lims in Aus­tralia ex­pe­ri­ence racism at three times the na­tional av­er­age.

Some 600 Mus­lims were sur­veyed in Syd­ney, with 57 per­cent of re­spon­dents say­ing that they had ex­pe­ri­enced racism.

World events had “em­bold­ened” peo­ple to dis­crim­i­nate against Mus­lims, the sur­vey’s lead au­thor said on Mon­day.

How­ever, 86 per­cent of the re­spon­dents be­lieved that re­la­tions be­tween Aus­tralian Mus­lims and non-mus­lims were friendly.

The sur­vey was con­ducted by Western Syd­ney and Charles Sturt Univer­si­ties, and the Is­lamic Sci­ences and Re­search Academy.

Western Syd­ney Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor Kevin Dunn, who led the study, said: “Be­cause of things that are hap­pen­ing in the world and the var­i­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tions of Mus­lims — and th­ese are prob­lem­atic — it means that some peo­ple un­for­tu­nately feel more em­bold­ened to say things and do things which are prej­u­di­cial and which are hurt­ful to­wards Mus­lims.” — BBC

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