MH17 might have been shot down from air – chief Dutch investigator
27 October, 2014
The chief Dutch prosecutor investigating the MH17 downing in eastern Ukraine does not exclude the possibility that the aircraft might have been shot down from air, Der Spiegel reported. Intelligence to support this was presented by Moscow in July.
A picture taken on October 15, 2014 shows the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Rassipnoe. The flight MH17 was shoot down on July 17, 2014 with 298 people on board. (AFP Photo)
Nadezhda, a 76 year-old woman, walks on October 15, 2014 among the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the village of Rassipnoe. (AFP Photo)
In his interview to the German media, Westerbeke also called on the US to release proof that supports its claims.“We remain in contact with the United States in order to receive satellite photos,” he said.
A picture taken on October 15, 2014 shows candles and plush toys at the site of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Rassipnoe. (AFP Photo)
The Dutch prosecutor stated that “we will need evidence and more than a recorded phone call from the Internet or photos from the crash site. That's why we are considering several scenarios and not just one.”
The Dutch investigators have come under criticism especially from the relatives of the victims, who blame the probe for slow progress.
Westerbeke elaborated that it will take a long time to establish what really happened adding “we certainly need the whole of next year for work”.
“It’s not easy, but we can do it."
Westerbeke concluded that in the Netherlands 10 prosecutors are investigating the incident, as well as forensic experts and 80 policemen. While the Dutch also regularly hold meetings with colleagues from Malaysia, Australia and Ukraine