Investigators to present MH17 findings next week

A Malaysian investigator inspecting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014. The plane was shot down in July that year, killing all 298 people on board. An investigation team formed after the disaster is set to brief families of the v
A Malaysian investigator inspecting the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014. The plane was shot down in July that year, killing all 298 people on board. An investigation team formed after the disaster is set to brief families of the victims and the media on Wednesday.PHOTO: REUTERS

AMSTERDAM • International investigators looking into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014 yesterday said they would present their latest findings next week, nearly five years after the disaster.

Families of the victims and the media will be briefed on the developments on Wednesday, prosecutors said.

MH17 was shot out of the sky over territory held by pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine as it flew from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board. About two-thirds of the passengers were Dutch.

The authorities in the Netherlands declined to give details, but Dutch broadcaster NOS reported yesterday that investigators intend to identify individual suspects.

The Joint Investigation Team, which seeks to try the culprits under Dutch law, has established that the missile system came from the Russian 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, based in the western Russian city of Kursk.

Investigators had said their next step would be to identify individual culprits and to attempt to put them on trial. Dutch officials have said Russia has refused to cooperate. It is not expected to surrender any potential suspects who may be on its territory.

The Joint Investigation Team was formed in 2014 by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine to collaboratively carry out the investigation.

The Netherlands and Australia, which lost 38 people, hold Russia legally responsible.

 

Moscow denies all involvement and maintains that it does not support, financially or with equipment, pro-Russian rebels fighting Ukrainian government troops.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2019, with the headline 'Investigators to present MH17 findings next week'. Print Edition | Subscribe