Home > News > Nation
Monday July 28, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday July 28, 2014 MYT 8:16:04 AM
In loving memory: Flowers and a teddy bear, left by the parents of an Australian victim of the crash, lying on a piece of the MH17 wreckage, near the village of Grabovo in Donetsk. - AFP
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has secured an agreement with Ukrainian rebels to allow an international police team to protect aircraft crash investigators at the MH17 site.
Pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Borodai yesterday agreed to the move following discussions with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Pursuant to the earlier agreement, Borodai has agreed to allow the international police personnel to enter the crash site,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Under the initial agreement, the rebels promised to hand over the black boxes to Malaysia, send the human remains to international officials and grant full access to the site.
However, investigators could not properly operate across the vast crash site in eastern Ukraine or collect evidence due to ongoing fighting between Kiev and the rebels.
Malaysia had called for an immediate cessation of all military activities in and around the crash site.
Earlier yesterday, Najib said he was deeply concerned over the volatile security situation.
“It is imperative that we deploy a full team of investigators to ensure that all the human remains are removed from the site, identified and repatriated.
“Everyone who was on board MH17 must be accorded proper dignity and respect,” he said.
Najib also spoke to the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Australia.
“Three grieving nations have formed a coalition to secure the site. Through our joint deployment of police personnel, we will work together to achieve justice for the victims,” he said.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman had been in contact with the Ukrainian government on the legal and diplomatic framework for the deployment.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had been working closely with the head of the investigation in the Netherlands.
On Wednesday, 68 Malaysian policemen will leave Kuala Lumpur for the crash site as part of the international deployment.
Tags / Keywords:
MH17, Courts Crime, International police team, MH17 crash, MAS, Ukraine
Journalist fails to set aside subpoena compelling her to testify
Police refute Facebook posting over rape attempt
Penang duo plead guilty to verbally abusing wheel-clamping officer
IGP orders arrest of Twitter user over seditious post
New date fixed for case of mechanic charged in Morais’ murder
Farmer dies after homemade gun misfires
Cashless toll payments at 10 plazas, effective Jan 13
Azmin: Failure of Pakatan Harapan to unite will result in losing upcoming elections
Khairuddin joins "Free Anwar" campaign
Saifuddin calls for unity in Pakatan Harapan
Eight experiences you can’t miss when in Australia
Underprivileged children from home enjoy Deepavali dinner at hotel
Alibaba throws a wrench in web fundraising wars
Soon Huat couldn't last the distance in Macau Open semis
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)