Liow to brief families of MH17 victims next week

 |Jul 6, 2017
File pic credit Facebook Liow Tiong Lai.

SEPANG: The next-of-kin of victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which was shot down in Ukraine in 2014 will be briefed on the prosecution process to be carried out in the Netherlands next Thursday (July 13) in Putrajaya.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the ministry would invite all the next-of-kin for the briefing to provide them with information on the latest development of the MH17 incident at the Putrajaya Marriot Hotel here, in conjunction with the third anniversary of the incident.

“I will personally discuss with and brief them,” he told the media after launching the Renesas Electronics Kuala Lumpur Global Parts Distribution Centre here today.

Malaysia and the Joint Investigating Team (JIT) countries of the Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine and Australia agree that national prosecution against those responsible for shooting down MH17 be done in the Netherlands.

Liow said the countries involved were confident the implementation of the law in the Netherlands was capable of giving justice to all the victims without having to involve the international court.

Liow added that the investigation process was narrowed down to 100 suspects and a full investigation was expected to be completed early next year before the prosecution process began.

Asked who was Malaysia’s representative for the prosecuting process, Liow said the country would be represented by Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.

“This is an unforgettable tragedy for our country when a civilian aircraft is shot down.We want justice, which is why the Malaysian government is endeavouring to bring the criminals to court,” he said.

The Boeing B777 aircraft, which was on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 passengers including the crew, was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. – Bernama