MH17 investigation brought no results, Malaysia was sidelined

Summary

Different parties have accused each other of downing flight MH17 and still today, 5 years later, there are no satisfactory investigation results. Even Malaysia was dismissed from the undeniably political investigation, which seems to be concentrated on trying to pin it on Russia.

Disproof

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

The Malaysia's Prosecutor's office cooperated in the investigation conducted by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Speaking at the press-conference of the JIT on June 19, 2019 the deputy Prosecutor general of Malaysia Mohamad Hanafiah bin Zakaria reiterated Malaysia's commitment to the JIT in seeking justice for the victims, and stated that the JIT findings were based on extensive investigation and legal research. [See at 57:30 - 58:14] 

The criminal investigation by the JIT has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, consisting of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Persecution service will persecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering of 289 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled for March 9, 2020 in the Netherlands.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Malaysia
  • Keywords: MH17
  • Outlet: Sputnik News FR @ 06:06 - 06:25
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Disproof

This claim is false and consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives portraying the public protests against Gavrilov's visit to Georgia as Russophobic.

Myth Detector reached out to the Georgian Interior Ministry and the Carrefour. Neither the Interior Ministry nor Carrefour have confirmed the reports about Russian citizens being physically assaulted at the supermarket. 

Investigation of MH17 is politically motivated and its sole purpose is to tarnish Russia

Russia repeatedly proposed the inclusion of Russian specialists in the MH17 investigation, submitted various data and materials, including the results of the investigation conducted by “Almaz-Antey”. However, all Russian initiatives were ignored, while Ukraine was treated with indulgence. The whole investigation into the case of the Malaysian Boeing is politically motivated. The investigation has the sole purpose of tarnishing Russia. 

Disproof

The claims by Buk manufacturer Almaz-Antey were debunked already in 2015 by Bellingcat. The evidence conducted by the Russian military company Almaz-Antey is only a small sample of misleading claims and conspiracy theories  advanced by Moscow since 2015, many of which have contradicted one another. See previous debunking of these claims herehere, and here.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

Estonian was taken for Russian, strangled and sprayed with water in the Parliament of Georgia

Georgian radicals and opposition, who disrupted the session of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy in Tbilisi, strangled and poured water on the representative of Estonia, mistaking him for Russian.

Disproof

The disinformation message appeared in the context of the protests in Georgia.

During a meeting of the members of Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, Russian State Duma Deputy Sergei Gavrilov sat in the Georgian parliament speaker's seat. When the Georgians began to demand that the representatives of Russia should leave there was confusion about the nationality of Estonian delegates. According to the Estonian parliamentarian who was present at the event, the conflict died out after he explained they were from Estonia. According to the Estonian parliamentarian there was no physical contact or spilling of water, only verbal skirmish.