MH17 crash: Our aim is to bring culprits to justice - Hisham

MH17 crash: Our aim is to bring culprits to justice - Hisham
Raya cheer: Hisham (left) and the Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (centre) at the handing over of Hari Raya goodies to the Malaysian Armed Forces at Mindef.

KUALA LUMPUR - Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said Malaysia would work with any quarters, including the pro-Russian separatists, to bring those who are responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to justice.

He said the Government would not rest until the perpetrators liable for the mass murder face justice.

"We are not interested in meddling in geopolitical conflicts. We are only interested in finding out what happened, conduct a thorough investigation and bring back the remains of the perished Malaysians and retrieve the black boxes.

"That's why we have no problems working with them as long as we are able to find the truth behind the mass killings," he said in a media conference at the Ministry of Defence.

Hishammuddin said Malaysia would also do everything it could for those affected by the tragedy.

Praising Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the announcement that the victims' remains would be brought home soon and that the black boxes would be handed over to Malaysia, he said: "The four things that have always been our priority is to gain safe access to the crash site, make sure that our rescue team is safe, ensure that the debris and evidence are not tampered with and to return the remains of the deceased to their families."

He said Malaysia would stick to its goals and would not be influenced by politics.

"We have our Prime Minister to thank for managing to persuade Alexander Borodai, the person in command of the region where the flight was shot down, to allow us access the crash site," he said.

An agreement was reached between Malaysia and Borodai for the remains of 298 victims to be moved by train to Kharkiv 305km away and handed over to representatives from the Netherlands.

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