MH17 anniversary: Pursuit of justice for victims continues nine years on

In this file photo taken on July 20, 2014, a piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. – Photo by Bulent KILIC/AFP

PETALING JAYA: The pursuit of justice for the victims killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 continues, says the Transport Ministry on the tragedy's ninth anniversary.

It said that the fight is not over despite a Dutch court sentencing two Russians and a separatist Ukrainian to life in prison for causing the flight to crash.

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"The verdict of the criminal case of the downing of MH17 delivered by the District Court of The Hague in the Netherlands on Nov 17, 2022 marks a significant milestone in uncovering the truth and establishing justice for all 298 victims and their next-of-kin,” said the ministry.

Out of the 298, there were 43 Malaysians on the flight.

"Nevertheless, the pursuit of justice does not conclude with this development,” added the ministry.

It then said that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council decided at its 228th session meeting on March 17 that it will proceed with the hearing on the Settlement of Differences between the conflicting parties.

"Malaysia is resolute that the process must pursue truth, justice and accountability," said the ministry in the statement on Monday (July 17).

It also reiterated its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the downing of Flight MH17.

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