MH17 victims’ families want UN investigation

Letter to PM says Dutch officials failed to build a case

Families of the victims of the MH17 tragedy have lost patience. Angered by what they see as mishandling of inquiries into the disaster, they want a special United Nations envoy to take over and launch an international investigation.

A letter written by Van der Goen Attorneys and sent to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte states that Dutch officials have failed to build a case. Rutte should “request the UN to appoint a special envoy to take over”, the letter says.

Two-thirds of the 298 passengers and crew killed when the Malaysia Airlines flight came down over eastern Ukraine in July were Dutch. The biggest Dutch criminal investigation in history was subsequently launched and pieces of the plane were carried to the Netherlands, but much of the wreckage still lies in Ukrainian fields. No conclusions have yet been drawn as to how the plane was shot down.

Reuters

[pictured: Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200]


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