MH17 disaster: Malaysia pushes for criminal tribunal #Beekhaybee

Malaysia has said that it wants to set up an
international tribunal to prosecute those
suspected of having shot down flight MH17. The Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed in
July 2014, with the loss of all 298 people on board. It had been flying over territory held by pro-
Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine when it was hit. Separatist leaders have denied accusations they
used an anti-aircraft missile to shoot down the
plane. New Zealand’s UN ambassador Gerard van
Bohemen, president of the UN Security Council for
July, said Malaysia had “briefed the council
members this morning of their intention to present
a resolution in relation to MH17”. “They are seeking to find a mechanism to deal with
criminal accountability in relation to the downing of
the aircraft.” He added that the move was a joint proposal by
Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and
Ukraine. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov
has called the plan “not timely and
counterproductive,” according to AFP news
agency. Remains found at MH17 site nine months later What we know about MH17 crash Dutch reporter who tried to solve MH17 crime Unnamed diplomats told Reuters that Russia had
described the proposal as premature. They told the news agency that Russia believed that
the council should wait for the results of the
ongoing investigations. Most of the passengers on the flight were Dutch, but there were also Malaysians, Australians and
Britons on board, among others. The Netherlands is currently leading a multinational
investigation but Russian investigators have also
been looking into the crash. Russia has denied accusations that it supplied the
rebels in Ukraine with an anti-aircraft missile that
was used to shoot down the plane. The country has claimed that it was Ukrainian
forces, not the rebels, that brought down flight
MH17. A preliminary Dutch report said the plane broke up after being penetrated by “high-velocity
objects”.

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