Malaysian PM Vows Justice After MH17 Probe

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Malaysian PM Vows Justice After MH17 Probe

File Photo: The wreckage of MH17 near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. (AFP)


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:  Malaysia on Wednesday promised "firm action" against those behind the downing of Flight MH17 in Ukraine, after a Dutch-led enquiry found the plane was hit by a missile transported from Russia.

The international criminal enquiry presented its findings into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine in July 2014, which killed all 298 people on board.

"The Joint Investigation Team has concluded that MH17 was downed by a Russian-made missile and it was fired from rebel controlled territory," national news agency Bernama reported Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying.

"Based on the two findings, Malaysia wants firm action to be taken. We have promised that those who were responsible for the downing of the aircraft will be brought to justice," he told Malaysian media during a trip to Germany.

"We owe it to the families. The families want justice. So we will pursue this," he said.

Malaysia will call for a meeting with representatives from other countries which lost citizens in the crash, notably the Netherlands and Australia, he said.  

The report did not assign blame but said the Boeing 777 was shot down by a BUK missile system from an area in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, and that the system was brought in from Russia and then taken back there.

The dead included 44 Malaysians, along with 192 Dutch nationals and 27 Australians.

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