Saturday 7 December 2019

MH17: Malaysia sending search team to crash site 'before winter' to gather evidence

A Malaysian expert (C) examines a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during its handover from pro-Russian separatists, in Donetsk
A Malaysian expert (C) examines a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during its handover from pro-Russian separatists, in Donetsk
A Malaysian expert (L) examines a black box belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 during its handover from pro-Russian separatists, in Donetsk
Members of the media take pictures as a pro-Russian separatist places black boxes belonging to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on a desk, before their handover to Malaysian representatives, in Donetsk
A satellite image shows the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine
Portraits of (L-R) Jenny Loh, her mother Tan Siew Poh and Popo Fan, who were victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane crash, are seen as a man lays flowers during a silent march held in their memory outside the restaurant, which Loh and Fan owned, in Rotterdam
Parts of the wreckage are seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region
A passenger carriage with the word "Donbass", part of the train carrying the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine
Journalists work after a train carrying the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine arrived in the city of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine
A train carrying the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine arrives in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine
Protesters chant slogans demanding justice for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 as they follow the lead of organisers of a rally held by UMNO's youth wing outside the Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur
Members of the youth wing of UMNO, Malaysia's largest political party, wave placards at a demonstration demanding justice for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 outside the Ukrainian embassy in Kuala Lumpur
A guard stands on a train carrying the remains of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine after it arrived in the city of Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing flames rising from part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people after it was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, showing part of the wreckage of a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country and plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
In this image taken from video, Thursday July 17, 2014, people walk amongst the debris at the crash site after a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over Ukraine, near the village of Hrabove, in eastern Ukraine. AP Photo / Channel 1
A picture taken of Malaysia MH17 as it took off from Schipol Airport shortly before it was shot down over Ukraine
Smoke rises rises from the crash site of Malaysia MH17 shortly after it was believed to have been shot down over Ukraine
Armed pro-Russian separatists stand near the crash site of Malaysia MH17
Wreckage from Malaysia MH17 near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine
An armed pro-Russian separatist stands the Malaysia MH17 crash site
A part of the fuselage of Malaysia MH17 can be seen in a field at the crash site in Ukraine
A map of the region where flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine
A woman reacts to news regarding a Malaysia MH17 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang
Emergency workers at the crash site of Malaysia MH17 in Ukraine
An emergency worker puts fires out at the Malaysia MH17 crash site
An armed pro-Russian separatist takes pictures at the crash site of Malaysia MH17
Emergency workers at the Malaysia MH17 crash site
Wreckage from Malaysia flight MH17 strewn across the crash site
Wreckage of Malaysia MH17 at the crash site in Ukraine
The arrivals screen in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang showing Malaysia MH17
Smoke rises from the debris of Malaysia MH17 at the crash site in Ukraine
Fires burn as night falls on the crash site of Malaysia MH17 in Ukraine

Natasha Culzac

MH17: Malaysia sending search team to crash site 'before winter' to gather evidence.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed today, in a joint press conference with visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, that the search team would be deployed before winter.

“That's why we are very, very keen to re-enter the crash site before winter sets in. We need at least a few weeks not only to search for the body parts of victims but to assemble physical evidence,” Mr Razak said.

“Once that process is completed, we will look at the criminal side, who is responsible for this atrocious crime.”

Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysia Airlines crew members hold flowers as they wait outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims' bodies of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to be flown back, in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A Malaysia Airlines crew member holds flowers as she waits outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims' bodies of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is scheduled to be flown back, in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
The remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
An honour guard stands by as the remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are lowered from an airplane during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Relatives of the victims of the MH17 disaster cry during a minute's silence during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Relatives of the victims of the MH17 disaster react during a minute's silence during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of an MH17 victim are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried from a plane during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Malaysia Airlines employees react during a repatriation ceremony at the KLIA airport in Sepang, for victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Airport workers and staff watch the repatriation ceremony for the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
A relative (C) of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster prays as the plane carrying victims' remains arrives for a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, August 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Army soldiers stand at attention as coffins bearing the bodies of the downed MH17 flight are lowered from a plane upon their arrival back home at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

All 298 passengers and crew on board Malaysia Airlines MH17 died on 17 July when the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight from Amsterdam crashed as it travelled over the war-torn region of eastern Ukraine.

Mr Razak added that his government has “pretty conclusive” intelligence to suggest that it was shot out of the sky, but that it must be proved beyond any reasonable doubt before going to court.

The Netherlands is spearheading a multi-nation criminal investigation into the crash, with help from Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia and Belgium, though efforts to try and analyse the site have been marred by intense fighting erupting between pro-Moscow rebels and government forces.

However, yesterday a ceasefire was signed by Russia, Ukraine and the rebels, bringing to a halt a five-month-long conflict that left 2,000 dead.

Experts are continuing their work in identifying the victims, with 183 having been confirmed so far.

Most of the travellers were Dutch, however there were also many Australians and Malaysians, in addition to 10 Britons.

Last month, the second of two Newcastle United fans who died while on their way to New Zealand to watch an away match was identified.

John Alder, 63, was travelling with his friend Liam Sweeney on MH17 when they both became victims of the tragedy.

Mr Sweeney’s funeral was held on 21 August following the formal identification of his body, while Mr Alder’s family are now in the process of receiving his body from abroad.

Additional reporting by AP

(Independent.co.uk)

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