Malaysia has doubts over some find­ings in MH17 probe, says PM Ma­hathir

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - Ph­nom Penh Post

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has doubts over some of the find­ings of the Dutch-led Joint In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (JIT) on the down­ing of Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH17, says its Prime Min­is­ter Ma­hathir Mo­hamad. In an in­ter­view with the Sputnik news agency, which is based in Moscow, Rus­sia, the Prime Min­is­ter said that some of the find­ings of the JIT do not seem “quite right”.

“I am not doubt­ing their truth­ful­ness. But there are cer­tain things they claim – it is dif­fi­cult for us to ac­cept ... Iden­ti­fy­ing the mis­sile – yes. The area where it hap­pened – that can be ver­i­fied.

“But iden­ti­fy­ing the ac­tual fir­ing, by whom [it was per­formed], that would be very dif­fi­cult in the usual cir­cum­stances”, he said.

The agency re­ported that Ma­hathir said there was not enough ev­i­dence to blame Rus­sia for the shoot­ing of the Malaysia Air­lines air­craft.

“Yes, that [Rus­sia’s guilt] is our doubt. But I do not have any rel­a­tives that were killed there. I do not have any rights to any in­sur­ance claims. I am see­ing this as an ob­server from the out­side, and some of the find­ings made [by JIT] did not sound to me and many peo­ple in Malaysia as be­ing quite right,” Mr Ma­hathir said.

On July 17, 2014, the air­craft with 298 on­board from Am­s­ter­dam en route to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Donetsk, Ukraine. The JIT con­cluded that MH17 was downed by a BUK an­ti­air­craft mis­sile fired by pro-Rus­sian sep­a­ratists in their con­flict against Ukraine.

In June, the JIT, con­sist­ing of Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Malaysia, the Nether­lands and Ukraine, had an­nounced that four in­di­vid­u­als – three Rus­sians and one Ukrainian – would be charged with the down­ing of MH17.

On June 19, the Dutch Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice charged them with mur­der in con­nec­tion with the down­ing of the air­craft.

In­ter­na­tional ar­rest war­rants were is­sued for the ac­cused, ex­pected to be tried in ab­sen­tia on March 9, 2020, in the District Court of The Hague.

The four were Rus­sian na­tion­als Igor Girkin, Sergey Du­bin­sky and Oleg Pu­la­tov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko.

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