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MH17: Only 62 bodies were in 'good' condition, says Malaysia police chief

Published on Aug 3, 2014 11:35 AM
Members of the Ukrainian Emergency Ministry carry a body near the wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region in this July 19, 2014 file photo.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Only 62 bodies were found in good condition at the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.

He believed that the bodies of the victims that have yet to found were most likely strewn across the crash site.

Khalid said he hoped that the locals there would be able to help them identify the areas where the remains could be found.

He added that although he had full confidence in the ability of the investigating teams at the site, it was still unclear as to when the probe would be completed.

"Every country has its own law and system. We do not have a choice. We have to respect the law and system of every country involved in this," Khalid was quoted as saying in the PDRM's Facebook page in an interview with a news channel.

Khalid also expressed regret over the inability of the investigating team to enter the crash site as soon as they arrived in Ukraine.

He admitted that there was a possibility of tampering at the crash site as it was left unattended for too long after the tragedy.

Khalid, together with Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, left for Keiv on July 30 to hand over documents on behalf of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Earlier reports said that over 220 coffins have already been sent back to the Netherlands but body parts from some victims of the disaster still lie under the searing summer sun.

The plane was shot down on July 17, killing all 298 onboard.