MAS reaches set­tle­ment with Aussie fam­ily

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Air­lines (MAS) has reached a set­tle­ment with an Aus­tralian fam­ily who lost four fam­ily mem­bers on flight MH17.

Perth cou­ple, An­thony Maslin and Marite Nor­ris, lost their chil­dren Evie, 10, Mo, 12, and Otis, 8, along with their grand­fa­ther on the Boe­ing 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014.

The air­line said in a state­ment yes­ter­day it had reached “an am­i­ca­ble and con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment with the Maslin fam­ily and there­fore the suit has been with­drawn.”

It said it would not “dis­close any fur­ther de­tails on this suit or about the de­tails of the set­tle­ment in re­spect to the pri­vacy of the fam­ily”.

MAS also said that to date, a “sub­stan­tial num­ber” of nextof-kin have reached set­tle­ments with the air­line, while oth­ers were “still seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion and are pur­su­ing their claims in their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions”.

A lawyer rep­re­sent­ing fam­i­lies of six MAS crew mem­bers on MH17 said the air­line had of­fered to set­tle for an undis­closed amount in June last year, but the fam­i­lies had re­jected the pro­posed sum.

“There was another of­fer in Jan­uary and we’re still con­sid­er­ing,” lawyer Saw Wei Siang said yes­ter­day.

The Malaysian law­suit in June last year came two weeks af­ter a suit by 33 next-of-kin from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Malaysia was filed against Rus­sia and against Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights.

MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 en route from Am­s­ter­dam to Kuala Lumpur with the death of all 298 on board, most of them Dutch cit­i­zens.

A Dutch-led crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack con­cluded in Septem­ber last year that a BUK mis­sile, trans­ported from Rus­sia, was fired from a field in a part of war-torn Ukraine, then con­trolled by pro-Rus­sian rebels, and hit the plane.

But it stopped short of say­ing who pulled the trig­ger.

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