JIT is not independent, but under the full control of Western security services

Summary

JIT is not an independent investigative commission, but under the full control of Western security services. The fear that the official investigators might try to cover something up is justified.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17.

This Sputnik-article takes and presents only one comment of a reader to the topic of MH17 downing. This comment does not give any evidence on why JIT is dependent on Western security services and repeats pro-Kremlin narrative about 'anti-Russian position of JIT' in MH17 investigation.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is an independent investigative commission that was established to conduct criminal investigation concerning the downing of 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, where the crash took place.

When in a criminal investigation two or more countries are cooperating, there are rules to be followed so that the results of the criminal investigation of the one country can be used in the criminal investigation(s) of the other country or countries.

The purpose of the criminal investigation is to establish the facts of the case; determine the truth of what happened; identify those responsible for downing flight MH17 and gather criminal evidence for prosecution.

The JIT conclusions were further corroborated by Bellingcat.

For a summary of disinformation narratives on the case of MH17 see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Australia, Malaysia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Conspiracy, The West, MH17
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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