KUALA LUMPUR: The juridical process initiated by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) against four suspects said to be linked to the MH17 incident needs to cease.
This as the investigations into the tragic incident were deemed “flawed” and left many “unanswered questions”.
International Movement for a Just World (JUST) president Dr Chandra Muzaffar said in a move to stop the trial, an action plan on the matter would be presented to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“The most important task for us would be to try to stop the juridical process, try to stop what the JIT wants to do, put on trial on four individuals that had been mentioned already,” he said after the MH: The Quest for Justice Conference, today.
In June, three Russians and a Ukrainian were charged with bringing a missile into the area in eastern Ukraine and linked with murdering 298 passengers and crew.
The Malaysian Airlines passenger flight was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine.
Russia had said the accusations against its military being involved in the incident was "absolutely threadbare".
International arrest warrants had been issued for the four suspects and a court case will begin in the Netherlands on 9 March next year.
Dr Chandra said communicating with the prime minister on the matter was the conference’s top priority.
“Among the first and the most important thing is to communicate to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on our concern about the juridical process initiated by the JIT.
“We are concerned that, if the juridical process goes ahead, where there are so many flaws in the investigations, so many unanswered questions, we feel that this will not be justice,” he said.
The conference was co-organised by JUST, Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) and Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG) today at the International Islamic University Malaysia.
Chandra said the organisers of the conference hope Dr Mahathir would convey their concern to the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
“We would like the PM to convey this concern of ours, (the) concern of the citizens to the Dutch PM and the other members of the JIT which includes Malaysia."
Chandra added that the organisers of the conference would draw up their findings from the conference, summarise and distribute the document to organisations and individuals.
“We may call it an action plan, or by some other name, we want to circulate this document to all those who participated and society groups and the media.”
Chandra said other proposals include the setting up of a legal team to look into some legal matters related to the incident.
"We also want to create a citizen's movement as well as direct involvement in the media in order to bring about justice," he said.
The conference also has proposed the formation of a group involving key people to act as mediators on the incident with the governments of Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine and Australia.