Disinfo: JIT investigators tried to bribe Volodymyr Tsemakh

Summary

Dutch and Australian investigators participated in fabrication of the MH17 case, which is a crime. They also tried to bribe Volodymyr Tsemakh, by offering witness protection, citizenship and a house in Holland.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Joint International Investigation and the downing of the flight MH17. A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The JIT comprises officials from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT the Dutch Public Persecution service will persecute 4 individuals for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering of 289 persons on board. The JIT has also launched an appeal for witnesses who might have more information about the persons involved in the downing of the MH17. Every witness who comes forward maybe offered a witness safety and protection program. If necessary the program can protect witness identities and may include the use of assumed identities and may include re-location and in some cases permanent re-settling in another country. Read more here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/11/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Australia, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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