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Bring Perpetrators Behind MH17 Tragedy To Justice

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government must not only ensure that transparent investigation is carried out to identify the real cause behind the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH17 tragedy, but also bring the perpetrators to justice.

This is the hope of several family members of the MH17 victims who perished when the aircraft crashed in eastern Ukraine after it was shot down in the Donetsk region.

A report on the preliminary investigations into the crash led by the Dutch Safety Board was published at 4pm yesterday on the website Mohd Zaki Md Salim, 38, the brother of MH17 passenger Mohd Ali Md Salim, 30, hoped those on board the doomed Boeing 777-200 aircraft would get justice.

“Besides the search for the plane wreckage and identifying the remains of the victims, the government must also make sure that those responsible for the incident are punished,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

Mohd Zaki was also hopeful that Malaysia’s security forces could return to the crash site and be given the assurance of safe travel after the ceasefire between Ukrainian Government security forces and the pro-Russian separatist group was attained on Friday, following an agreement in Minsk, Belarus.

Among others, the preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board published today stated that the structure of Flight MH17 which blew up in mid-air was probably due to it being penetrated by a high-energy object from outside the aircraft.

There were also no indications that the tragedy was caused by a technical fault or the actions of the crew.

The report also revealed that MH17 was in an “airworthy” condition when it departed from Amsterdam with a qualified and experienced crew.

Meanwhile, MH17 chief stewardess Dora Shahila Kassim’s brother, Don Shahidan Kassim, 48, said he also agreed with the preliminary report released by the Dutch Safety Board.

“I believe there were no problems with the experience of the crew manning the aircraft, just as there were no technical problems with the plane. On the possibility that the aircraft was shot down, let the professionals determine that,” he told Bernama.

Don Shahidan said his family had full confidence in the Malaysian Government’s efforts to investigate the incident.

“May Allah reveal what really happened but we pray that our investigating team is safe,” he said.

Flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew, of which 43 were Malaysians.

To date, the remains of 35 of the victims have been repatriated to Malaysia, including those of Tambi Jiee and Benjamin Lee Jian Han today.

The ill-fated aircraft was believed to have been shot down in the region. – Bernama

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