MH17 crash: Malaysian personnel to help transfer remains

MH17 crash: Malaysian personnel to help transfer remains

Kiev - Malaysia has sent 18 Disaster Victim Identification personnel to Kharkiv, Ukraine, to assist in sending the remains of the MH17 victims to the Netherlands, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

In a brief statement, Liow said the personnel would help in tagging and transferring the bodies to a Dutch military plane.

"I have been briefed that the forensic team and relevant support teams will now have to undergo a process that will take a few hours, prior to the remains being flown to Amsterdam.

"We still need to get to the truth of what happened and we hope for the investigators to commence their work at the crash site to determine this," he said.

The 282 bodies were brought to Kharkiv from Torez in a train with refrigerated carriages.

The train arrived at about 11am Ukrainian time (4pm Malaysian time).

The bodies were transported to Kharkiv after an agreement was brokered by Malaysia with the Ukrainian separatists.

Liow said this was a breakthrough in the MH17 tragedy.

"Families are suffering across the world and once the remains are with the respective families, I am sure they will demand for justice to be served on those who caused this horrific crime," he said.

Thanks to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the three-man team from Malaysia, dispatched to join in the investigations at the crash site, arrived safely in Donetsk, said Liow.

They will be taken under the care of the pro-Russian separatists and brought to Torez.

They are Department of Civil Aviation senior assistant directors Capt Philip Joseph Selvaraju, 42, and Mohd Naemy Fahimy Mustapa, 38, and Malaysia Airlines engineering director Azahari Dahlan, 53.

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