Malaysia wants to speed up the finalization of the criminal investigation report

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At July 17 2016 Malaysia Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai stated Malaysia is appealing for the speeding up of the criminal investigation report on the incident, Malaysian The Star Online reports.

“Upon the completion of the technical report last October, I was told the criminal report could be ready by early this year but until today, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has not concluded it,” he said after opening the 37th annual general meeting of Koperasi Serbaguna Malaysia (KSM) in Wisma MCA yesterday.

This signal of Malaysia in one in a series which suggest Malaysia plays a secondary role in the investigation.

A few months ago  PM Razak spoke to President Putin and stated Russia and Malaysia will cooperate after the results of the criminal investigation were finished. This resulted in rumours that Malaysia did its own investigation which were denied by the Dutch Government.

The role of Malaysia in both the DSB and JIT investigation are vague. Malaysia joined JIT only months after the other members started the criminal investigation. When asked the spokesman of JIT could not provide any reason for this delayed entry into the investigation. Read the background here.

In the first two weeks of July 2016 Ukraine did a so called arena test to study the results of a BUK missile explosion. The test was attended by Dutch, Belgium and Australian police. Malaysian police was not present.  Details in this post.

 

 

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1 Comment on Malaysia wants to speed up the finalization of the criminal investigation report

  1. Liane Theuer // August 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm // Reply

    Today Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak discussed the investigation into the tragedy of MH17 flight.
    Najib Razak said :
    “We are considering the reports on criminal investigation and expect the investigation to have been completed by the end of the year.
    We want to make sure that those who shot down the civilian aircraft will be brought to liability”.
    http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/prezident-ukrayini-ta-premyer-ministr-malajziyi-rozsliduvann-37813

    But now comes the really interesting message :
    “The Agreement between Ukraine and the Government of Malaysia on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters had been signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and Attorney General of Malaysia Mohamed Apandi Ali.
    Also, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and Minister of Home Affairs of Malaysia Ahmad Zahid Hamidi signed the Agreement on Extradition of Offenders.”
    http://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/ukrayina-ta-malajziya-pidpisali-ugodu-pro-uniknennya-podvijn-37809

    “Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters” and “Extradition of Offenders” – everybody may think its part.

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