MH17 down­ing: Two prose­cu­tion op­tions iden­ti­fied

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and mem­ber coun­tries of the Joint In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (JIT) prob­ing the shoot­ing down of Malaysia Air­lines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine are dis­cussing two prose­cu­tion op­tions.

Deputy Trans­port Min­is­ter Datuk Ab­dul Aziz Kaprawi said they are prose­cu­tion at the na­tional level by one of the JIT mem­ber na­tions, and prose­cu­tion by an in­ter­na­tional tri­bunal set up by JIT mem­bers.

“How­ever, the de­ci­sion will de­pend on the find­ings of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he told the De­wan Rakyat yes­ter­day in re­ply to a ques­tion from Datuk Jo­hari Ab­dul (PKRSun­gai Pe­tani) on how the govern­ment in­tended to ob­tain jus­tice for the case.

MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 pas­sen­gers and crew, in­clud­ing 44 Malaysians.

Ab­dul Aziz said so far, only the Dutch govern­ment had taken ac­tion for prose­cu­tion at the na­tional level.

He stressed that the abil­ity to com­mence prose­cu­tion was sub­ject to hav­ing suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

This was be­cause the in­terim re­port on the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into MH17 is­sued by JIT last Sept 28 had not iden­ti­fied the party re­spon­si­ble.

How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was still on­go­ing, he added. – Ber­nama

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