The Netherlands has rejected a demand to allow the UN to replace Dutch experts at the helm of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation. The proposal was made by relatives of the plane’s passengers.
The law firm that represents 20 relatives from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the US filed a letter request for “the UN to appoint a special envoy to take over” the inquiries on Friday, Reuters reported.
“The investigation by the Dutch Safety Board is being carried out not only by Dutch investigators,” Dick Schoof, a senior justice ministry official, wrote in a reply to the law firm.
Schoof then provided a list of 11 countries which have already contributed to the investigation team – including Malaysia, Ukraine, and Russia.
The relatives behind the demand accuse the Netherlands of “completely botching” the investigation and the legal framework of the case.