Dutch officials deny access to information regarding MH17

Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands refuses access to information regarding Malaysian plane MH17

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Emergencies Ministry members at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region

Updated Aug 14, 2015

The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands has refused access to information concerning Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 Boeing 777 which suspiciously crashed near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people - of whom 198 were Dutch citizens - travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam on July 17, 2014.

A request was made by RTL Nieuws, a Dutch television and news service, under Freedom of Information laws for information about the actions of the Dutch government and the situation of the ongoing investigation.

According to RTL Nieuws the Dutch government’s decision to refuse access to information was aimed at maintaining confidentiality, Russia’s Sputnik News reported.

Ard Van der Steur, The Netherlands’ Minister for Security and Justice, said that a Freedom of Information request does not by itself allow access to information regarding the investigation of the plane crash.

"The simple fact that your Freedom of Information request relates to information about the handling of the MH17 disaster does not give extra weight to the importance of public access," RTL Nieuws reports.

The Dutch cabinet’s ministerial crisis committee and civil service crisis teams released some redacted documents about the situation of the aircraft crash but did not grant permission for further information to be released to the public as this could adversely affect the Netherlands' international relations, Sputnik News reported.

Recently the team investigating the crash and the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) issued a joint statement announcing that international investigators identified fragments related to the MH17 flight as “possibly” coming from a Russian-made Buk missile system.

Wim de Bruin, spokesman for the Dutch Safety Board, said in a statement: "The Joint Investigation Team [JIT]  is investigating several parts, possibly originating from a Buk surface-air-missile system,” adding, "The parts are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17."

Russian security expert accuses CIA of causing aircraft crash

Sergei Sokolov, a former commander of the Soviet Red Army and a security expert, told Komsomolskaya Pravda that ‘the plane was downed in an operation called 17.17 by the CIA,” the UK based Daily Express reported.

Sokolov said that a provocation against Russia was being prepared more than two months before  MH17 was downed.

"About two months before the tragedy we received information from our agents that a provocation against Russia was being prepared.”

Sokolov also added "We expected something like this. The day after the tragedy we sent our expert to the scene who gathered wipe-samples and scrape-samples from parts of the plane which were covered with soot," the Daily Express reported.

He asserted that the aircraft was destroyed by an explosive device placed under the control panel in the cockpit.

"We sent the samples to an expert. The test was done by a high ranking FSB expert. I can't give his name. But I can show you the report which proves that the plane was blown up from inside.

“The BUK is a complicated weapon, only well trained people can use it,” he said, adding, “The Ukrainian officers just did not have enough knowledge. But this was in the CIA plan too – if the launch of the missile failed, the plane was doomed to death anyway.”

Sokolov also claimed that the bomb on board the plane was detonated through a satellite.


TRTWorld and agencies