Date
25 September 2017
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Dutch PM: Thorough, independent probe needed for MH17

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday said a thorough, independent investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is needed before any decision is made on where those responsible should face trial, Reuters reported.

“What we now have to do is through the independent safety boards to exactly understand what happened and the public prosecutors have to work on the prosecution which follows from this,” Rutte said, when asked if the International Criminal Court was the right venue for any trial.

“Then it has to be decided at what court it should take place. As we see things now, it is not most likely that the International Criminal Court is most suited to this.”

Rutte was on a one-day visit to Kuala Lumpur to meet his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak, the report said.

The Dutch play a lead role in investigating the downing of the Boeing 777 aircraft, which crashed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine in July with the loss of all 298 people aboard. Two-thirds of the victims were Dutch.

With the crash site too dangerous to access due to fighting, they have been relying mostly on publicly available information to carry out a remote investigation.

Kiev blames pro-Russian separatists for the airliner’s destruction. Russia says a Ukrainian military aircraft shot it down.

A report by the Dutch safety board said in September that MH17 crashed after a “large number of high-energy objects” penetrated its fuselage.

Officials blame cold weather and continuing hostilities for the slow progress in the investigation.

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