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.by