KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia yesterday join four other countries in reaffirming a common resolve to seek justice and accountability against those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 three years ago.
The five countries including Ukraine, Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands, signed the Memorandum of Undestanding on “Political Support to Prosecute the Perpetrators of the Downing of MH17” in New York, at the margins of the on going 72nd United Nations General Assembly.
All five countries, which has established a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to coordinate criminal investigation into the incident that killed 298 people on July 17 in 2014, were represented by their Foreign ministers including Malaysia’s Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
A statement from the Foreign Ministry yesterday said the signing of the MoU took place at the official residence of the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN in New York.
“Agreeing to prosecute the perpetrators of the downing of flight MH17 in the Netherlands, the JIT countries confirmed that they will assist one another should any of them face any kind of external pressure to undermine the prosecution or the cooperation among them.
“Malaysia is unwavering in its commitment to prosecute the perpetrators of the MH17’s downing and secure justice for all the victims, their families and loved ones.
“Malaysia is pleased with the Dutch-led JIT investigations so far, and is confident that national prosecution under the Dutch law is the most viable option to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the statement read of the first step taken towards prosecuting the perpetrators.
The Boeing B777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew members onboard three years ago.
On July 7, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands Stef Blok and Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko signed a bilateral treaty on international legal cooperation in relation to MH17.
According to a statement issued by the Government of the Netherlands, the treaty provides that those suspected of downing flight MH17 can be prosecuted in the Netherlands in respect of all the victims.