Political pressure must not derail MH17 trial: Malaysia’s minister

A Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 22, 2014. — Reuters pic. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 17, 2020, FMT. As the world marks the 6th year of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 incident today, Malaysia reiterated its commitment, as part of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), to a judicial process that is conducted in a credible and transparent manner for justice to prevail, Free Malaysia Today reported.

In a statement issued today in remembrance of the downing of the Boeing 777, Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said Malaysia called upon all states and actors to cooperate fully with the investigation in accordance with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2166 (2014).

“This investigation and court trial must not be allowed to wane with time nor in submission to political pressure by any party or state.

“Only a thorough and exhaustive process of law in bringing the perpetrators of this inhumane crime to justice can honour the victims and the next of kin,” he said.

Wee said Malaysia stood in solidarity with the next of kin of the 298 victims of MH17, including 43 Malaysian passengers and crew members, in seeking a firm resolution to the court trial.

“Malaysia remains unwavering in its commitment to pursue closure for the bereaved family members and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers have always been with the victims and their loved ones,” he said.

On July 17, 2014, MH17 was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine.

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