KL vows to prosecute 'trigger-happy' culprits

Ukrainian deputy Prime Minister Gennadiy Zubko (centre) and deputy Foreign Minister Olena Dzerkal (right) giving a press conference to present the results of the criminal investigation of the MH17 crash in Kiev on Oct 13, 2015.
Ukrainian deputy Prime Minister Gennadiy Zubko (centre) and deputy Foreign Minister Olena Dzerkal (right) giving a press conference to present the results of the criminal investigation of the MH17 crash in Kiev on Oct 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Malaysia vowed yesterday to seek prosecution of the "trigger-happy criminals" who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, after a Dutch report found that the plane was hit by a BUK surface-to-air missile from rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, who thanked the Dutch Safety Board for its meticulous investigation, said Malaysia will not rest in the pursuit of justice for the MH17 victims. "Malaysia remains single-minded in our pursuit of decisive action that will lead to prosecution of the trigger-happy criminals," he said in a statement.

An earlier attempt by Malaysia and its partners in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) handling the criminal probe - Australia, Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine - to form an international tribunal under the United Nations Security Council to seek justice failed because it was vetoed by Russia.

Mr Liow revealed that the JIT is working towards adopting a treaty to establish an independent international court to prosecute those responsible. He also called for changes in commercial aviation to make mandatory the timely reporting of information on flight risks to the International Civil Aviation Organisation by member states.

Prime Minister Najib Razak also gave his assurance that Malaysia will remain steadfast "until those behind the heinous act are made to pay for their crimes".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2015, with the headline 'KL vows to prosecute 'trigger-happy' culprits'. Print Edition | Subscribe