Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands promised to leave no stone unturned to find who was responsible for the shot down of MH17.
Sadly these words were not made true!
At December 16 the Dutch government finally released answers asked by opposition Pieter Omtzigt. The release date of the answers was planned to be sure the press and public would not have noticed the release. At December 16 an important debate took place on the Teevendeal. All media attention was focussed on that debate.
Omtzigt asked 33 questions mainly on the missing radar recordings. Russia did not hand over primary and secondary radar. Ukraine did not hand over primary radar of both civil and military airtraffic control. Primary radar shows all objects detectable by the radar signal. It shows both military and civil aircraft while secondary radar is limited to detecting civil aircraft.
The Dutch Government stated that they will not send an official letter of complaint to the ICAO about the missing radar recordings. The reason is that this letter will not help to recover radar recordings. Also DSB had stated in their final report that the radar recordings does not have an effect on the conclusion on the cause of the accident.
The Dutch government will also not send a letter to the United Nations for the same reason.
Radar recordings are important to know who fired that missile and under what circumstances. Primary radar could have detected the missile thus showing where it was launched from.
The Dutch government stated that in the last ten years aircrash investigators always were able to obtain radar images. So MH17 is very unique in not being able to obtain radar images.
RTL Nieuws is the only media in the Netherlands which reported about the answers of the Dutch government and refusal to send a letter of complaint. This is a column of Jeroen Akkermans on the subject. This is a report by RTL on the response of the government and the anger of opposition party CDA.