Govt vows to continue seeking justice for MH17 victims

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine five years ago. (Reuters pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government today assured that it would continue to pursue those responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 five years ago over eastern Ukraine.

“Five years might have passed, but our resolve for accountability and justice will not wane.

“The government will continue to pursue those who were responsible for this heinous crime and secure justice for the victims,” the transport ministry said in a statement today.

It said Malaysia would continue to work with members of the joint investigation team and other affected nations as well as the international community in informing the next-of-kin of the progress in the search for accountability and justice.

“Without a doubt, every family and the next-of-kin who were affected by this tragedy deserves to see justice. We sincerely hope that this will bring some measure of comfort and solace to the families and the next-of-kin of those who were lost in this tragedy.

“We hope and pray that the families and loved ones of those on board will be given strength to resume normal lives or as normal a life as may be possible without their loved ones. We will remain resolute in our pursuit, and we will leave no stone unturned until justice is served,” the statement added.

Flight MH17, which left Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur, was shot down near Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, about 40km from the Russian border on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board including 15 crew members.

In the Netherlands on June 19 this year, Dutch-led international investigators charged four people – three Russians and one Ukrainian – with murder over the tragedy.

However, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia was unhappy with the latest report on the downing of flight MH17 and asked for proof, not just hearsay, in the investigation.