Families of MH17 victims ‘demand UN takes over Dutch investigation’


Relatives of MH17 crash victims have addressed the Netherlands requesting the UN takes over the investigation into the downing of the passenger plane over Ukraine, blaming the Dutch of mishandling the inquiries into the disaster, media report.

In a letter directed to the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte the relatives of the MH17 crash victims asked for “the UN to appoint a special envoy to take over” the inquiries by the Safety Board and prosecution service.

The copy of the letter written by Van der Goen Attorneys representing the families was cited by Reuters on Friday.

Twenty relatives from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the US accused the Netherlands of “completely botching” the fact-finding investigation and the legal framework of the case, according to the letter.

The victims’ families based their accusations on the fact that the Dutch investigators have been unable to access the crash site, located in eastern Ukraine, torn by internal conflict between Kiev and self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

The letter also blamed the investigators for failing to meet international requirements to secure evidence.

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