NGOs want MH17 trials suspended


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Aug 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Three NGOs have called for a meeting between the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Holland to suspend the March 2020 trials of those accused in the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17.

The Perdana Global Peace Foundation, International Movement for a Just World (JUST) and Global Research made the call in response to the findings of the Dutch-led investigation on the tragedy that killed all on board the aircraft.

JUST president Dr Chandra Muzaffar said a report based on the MH17: Quest for Justice conference would be presented to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“The urgent task now is to put a stop to the judicial process in March which sees the beginning of the trial.

“Many major issues have not been resolved, ” he said at the conference attended by some 30 participants yesterday.

On July 17, 2014, the aircraft with 298 onboard from Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Donetsk, Ukraine.

An international joint investigation team (JIT) led by the Dutch concluded that MH17 was downed by a BUK anti-aircraft 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.

International arrest warrants were issued against the accused, expected to be tried in absentia on March 9 at the The Hague.

Dr Mahathir, however, said the decision to charge the four was a political plot against Russia.

He also said Malaysia was not convinced with JIT’s findings and demanded the investigators provide proof that the Russians were behind the shooting.

The action plan stated that if the JIT’s report was flawed, there was a need to formulate alternative measures.


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