Man sells MH17 souvenirs
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