3 months after being made aware of error in MH17 video, Dutch police fails to correct and won’t correct either.

Dutch National Police published end of June 2017 on an Ukrainian website  a video in which next of kin Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand tells her grief. The purpose of the video is to address witness in Eastern Ukraine who might have information which helps in finding the suspects of the MH17 downing.

However, the video contained a serious error. It shows the downing of an Antonov 30 military aircraft which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by pro Russia separatists. The images of the downing were added in Ukraine to the video made in the Netherlands by Police.

Dutch RTL Nieuws reported at July 4 about this error here. Spokesman Thomas Aling of the Dutch  National Police in July told RTL Nieuws :

Heel vervelend als het niet het juiste beeld is”, zegt de woordvoerder van de politie-eenheid die betrokken is bij het MH17-onderzoek. “Je moet wel het juiste plaatje gebruiken.”

De politie heeft de video die de Oekraïeners hadden gemaakt, niet bekeken voordat deze werd verspreid, zegt de woordvoerder.

“Very annoying if it’s not the right picture.  You must use the correct picture. Police did not check the video made by Ukraine before it was published at the website.”

However, the video at October 14, still shows the downing of the Antonov 30. So three months after being made aware of an error, Dutch Police did not make sure the error was corrected.

So this is an error on an error. First error not checking the final version of the video. Then not correcting the video while being made aware.

Spokesman Thomas Aling when requested  for comment on October 14 responsed he will look into this.

At October 26 Thomas Aling responded by email:

Het filmpje is geen productie van de politie maar van de DII en wij hebben onze medewerking hieraan gegeven.

Wij hebben de info gegeven voor dit item met als doel om aandacht te vragen voor de ramp in een gebied welke nog moeilijk te bereiken is.

De DII heeft, spijtig genoeg, een paar seconde beeld erin gezet van een neerstortend vliegtuig. Zoals aangegeven was dit niet de MH17. Wij hebben destijds ook aangegeven dat dit niet goed is gegaan.

We laten het met deze mededeling hierbij en de DII of de politie zal niet het beeld verwijderen of veranderen.

Als je dit weer gaat veranderen kan dit ook weer vragen oproepen en de reactie op het filmpje is al gegeven.

Translation:

The video is not a production by police but by DII (Donetsk Institute of Information) and we have given our cooperation.

We provided info for this item with the purpose to get attention for the disaster which happened in an area with is still hard to reach.

The DII has, which is a pity, added a few seconds showing a crashing aircraft. Like pointed out this was not MH17. We also indicated that this did not go well.

We leave it with this statement and DII nor Police will adjust the video or remove it.

If the video is adjusted this will raise questions and the response to the video has already been given.

HUH?

This is a remarkable video. Dutch Police now states the video which has the purpose to find witness, was a production by the DII (Donetsk Institute of Information). Lets see what was initially stated when the news came out about the video.

RTL Nieuws headline Onderzoeksteam MH17 zoekt getuigen via emotionele video’s. The article first sentence reads “” Bijna drie jaar na het neerhalen van vlucht MH17 zoekt het team dat de crash onderzoekt naar getuigen in Oost-Oekraïne om zich te melden. ”

The text clearly states the JIT made the initiative of the video.

Dutch newspaper AD states : Om getuigen van het neerhalen van vlucht MH17 over te halen zich te melden, verspreidt het onderzoeksteam vanaf morgen videoboodschappen van nabestaanden in Oekraïne.

Dutch NOS headline “Team MH17 hoopt met emotionele videoboodschappen op nieuwe getuigen”

In none of the articles in Dutch press it is stated the video is made by and an initiative of the DII.

I spoke the spokesman of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, Wim de Bruin, and he told me the video was a production by Dutch Police.

The next of kin received at June 27, 2017 an email message sent from a politie@nl email address by the famility detectives supporting the next of kin.

The email stated:

Het JIT onderneemt allerlei onderzoeksactiviteiten om aandacht te houden voor de ramp/gebeurtenissen met vlucht MH17, het strafrechtelijk onderzoek en om getuigen alsnog te spreken te krijgen. Dat gebeurt zowel heimelijk (buiten het zicht van iedereen) als openlijk (via radio of televisie). Een voorbeeld van het laatste is dat een 2-tal nabestaanden bereid is gevonden om in een korte persoonlijke videoboodschap uit te leggen wat voor impact de crash op hun leven heeft.”

a translation of the relevant sentence:

‘JIT takes all kind of investigation activities to get attention on the disaster, the criminal investigation and to get in touch with witness. An example (to get in touch with witness) of the latest is that 2 next of kin were willing to explain in a short video message how the crash impacted their live’

De videoboodschappen zijn door het JIT in samenwerking met het Donetsk Institute of Information (DII) http://www.dii.dn.ua/en gemaakt.

Translation:

the video messages are made by the JIT in cooperation with Donetsk Institute of Information (DII) .

So from both the communication by JIT to the next of kin as well in press articles it is clear JIT took the initiative to make the video.

It is very remarkable Dutch police states ‘The video is not a production by police but by DII (Donetsk Institute of Information) and we have given our cooperation.’

If Police and Dutch Public Prosecution Service are not able and willing to adjust a faulty video, how likely is it they are able to find out the names of the individuals responsible for this disaster? Additionally, what would a lawyer of the Russia Federation tell the judge? Like “Dear Judge, the Dutch prosecutor is not able to make a correct video to address witness. So what about the other evidence”?

So something smells fishy here.

 

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1 Comment on 3 months after being made aware of error in MH17 video, Dutch police fails to correct and won’t correct either.

  1. sotilaspassi // October 26, 2017 at 10:38 am // Reply

    Not the first mistake in JIT graphics/videos.
    JIT should have review team for their graphics.

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