At January 27 2017 the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie) informed the next of kin that the investigation of the radar recordings supplied by Russia is complicated because the unusual format the data was handed over.
In this post I explained that radar data normally used for crash investigation is supplied in the ASTERIX format.
The message of the OM/JIT suggests ASTERIX was not used by Russia for the data. According JIT message to next of kin:
“Despite the fact that the Russian Federation is a member state of the Convention of International Civil Aviation and has acknowledged the aforementioned ICAO rules, the data supplied by the Russian Federation do not comply with these requirements.”
The hand over in an unusual format adds to the suspicion that radar data was manipulated by the Russian Federation. In this post I explained that according me, radar data was indeed manipulated.
Below the message which was communicated by JIT/OM to the next of kin.
In late September of 2016, the Russian Federation made radar images public through a televised presentation. In response to a number of unrequited requests for legal assistance, the Russian Federation supplied the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (PPS) with the underlying data of these images on 26 October, 2016. Since then, these data have been carefully and thoroughly investigated. This investigation has revealed that the data were supplied in an unusual format. Rules set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) include requirements for radar data used in international investigations. Data complying with these requirements can be interpreted and verified responsibly for any manipulations and errors. Despite the fact that the Russian Federation is a member state of the Convention of International Civil Aviation and has acknowledged the aforementioned ICAO rules, the data supplied by the Russian Federation do not comply with these requirements. This has complicated the analysis of these data considerably. As such, the PPS has had to enlist the assistance of external experts for this analysis, which will mean delays in the investigation. The PPS will also pose further questions to the Russian Federation through a supplementary request for legal assistance.