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MH17: Russia Will Not Deter Malaysia From Seeking Justice

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PETALING JAYA: Russia’s vetoing of a United Nations Security Council draft resolution seeking an international criminal tribunal for Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will not deter Malaysia from seeking justice.

In a statement Thursday, Wisma Putra said they would consider and explore other viable options and prosecution mechanisms that would ensure that justice would be served and the perpetrators held accountable for their actions.

“Regardless of whom the perpetrators were, Malaysia wants to ensure that the arm of justice will reach them and that there will not be impunity,” it said.

The draft resolution, introduced by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the UN building in New York, United States on Wed, failed to be adopted despite obtaining 11 votes of support from Chad, Chile, France, Jordan, Lithuania, Nigeria, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

China, Venezuela and Angola abstained from voting.

Wisma Putra said Malaysia was deeply disappointed by the failure of the Security Council to adopt the draft resolution to ensure justice for the victims’ families and loved ones, and accountability for the perpetrators

“It is sending a dangerous message of impunity for the perpetrators of the heinous crime, as well as jeopardising the safety of civil aviation over conflict zones in the future.”

Malaysia believes that an international tribunal sanctioned by the UN Security Council would be the best mechanism to deliver justice for the victims of MH17 since it would create a legal obligation for all UN member states to cooperate with the proposed tribunal.

The establishment of a tribunal prior to the completion of the criminal investigation would also ensure that this establishment is as depoliticised as possible, and is consistent with the Security Council’s own practice in relations to other ad hoc criminal courts and tribunals.

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