Malaysian minister: “MH17 suspects belong to an Ukrainian separatist group to be identified in 2018”

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Malaysia Transport Minister Dtuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai stated to reporters  in the Dewan Rakyat (the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia) on November 15 that the suspects of the downing of MH17 will only be identified by the end of 2017 or early 2018. He also stated that to date, “hundreds” have been identified as suspects behind the fatal shooting, all of whom belong to an Ukrainian separatist group. Although (JIT) has identified the group that shot MH17, but there are a hundred of them and the team has to call all of them for questioning before a conclusion can be made.”

It is interesting that this Malaysian minister states   that all suspects belong to separatists groups. Generally it is believed that separatists did not have the skills to operate a sophisticated weapon like a BUK TELAR is. Also it seems very unlikely that Russia handed over a BUK TELAR without crew to operate it. Additionally tapped telephone conversations revealed that the BUK was transported from Russia territory including crew. Last but not least Associated Press journalists documented seeing the Buk being transported through the town of Snizhne on 17 July 2014, noting that the uniforms of some members of its crew differed from separatists and claiming they spoke with “a distinctive Russian accent”.

Third time a minister says something about suspects identification

This is the third time a minister of one of the JIT countries made a statement about when the suspects will be identified. In October 2016 Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said “that by the end of the year, maybe early next year, the list of those that we believe should be held accountable will be confirmed”.

JIT made a nuance later to that statement.

Ukraine press reported at October 28 that Foreign Minister Klimkin of Ukraine stated that the investigation into the downing of MH17 will be ready in spring 2017.

And now a Malaysian minister said something about when suspects will be identified.

The spokeman for the Dutch prosecutor, who is leading the Joint Investigation Team, was not available for comment.

The Sun Daily reports about this news here. The Malay Online here.

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2 Comments on Malaysian minister: “MH17 suspects belong to an Ukrainian separatist group to be identified in 2018”

  1. Russia has always proclaimed there is no Russian military, that they are all Russian citizens on vacation from their military post.
    Considering Russian ties to Malaysia and that there maybe some Kremlin leaning supporters in Malaysia, his wording may reflect his feelings trying to place no direct blame on Russia itself.
    BUT, if it is from a formerly non Kremlin aligned politician, it is an interesting tidbit.
    Could indicate method the prosecutors are seeking to avoid conflict with Russia.
    Could indicate the facts as much as he can discuss.
    Could be only his opinion.
    Time will tell

    Fare thee well

  2. >Generally it is believed that separatists did not have the skills to operate a sophisticated weapon like a BUK TELAR is.

    How believable is it that zero active service members or veterans from the 156th Air Defense Regiment in Donbass defected to the DNR? Having read the VKontakte pages of the air bases, asserting this isn’t believable at all. Some veterans and service members were clearly sympathetic to the rebels and posted as much publicly.

    >Also it seems very unlikely that Russia handed over a BUK TELAR without crew to operate it.

    I am going to keep pointing to Ukrainian BUK 131 from Base A-1428 until someone shows me a picture of it deployed and in Ukrainian hands post June, 2014. There is no photographic or video record I am aware of showing this vehicle deployed during the spring/summer of 2014 with the other 4 active vehicles of the regiment.

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