If Dutch investigators couldn't decipher data from Russia, they could have asked for help, says military expert Aleksandr Tazekhulakhov. The problem here is that the Dutch have attempted to keep Russian representatives out of the MH17 probe, he adds.
Two Dutch journalists proved it is not “too dangerous” to collect evidence at the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine when one visited the area, but Dutch police confiscated everything the reporters collected there, along with their cellphones and laptops.
The supposedly impartial probe into the MH17 crash, which somehow included a victim and one of the suspects as investigators, relied on accounts of alleged witnesses who supported the “American version” of events, believes former MI5 agent Annie Machon.
The Dutch-led researchers drew conclusions from a one-sided deterministic approach, says Laszlo Maracz, an assistant professor of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Maracz says an independent tribunal would have avoided conflict of interest.
While international investigators suspect Russia of supplying rebels with the Buk missile system that downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, a lawyer representing four victims’ families in relation to the case blames Kiev for the tragedy.
An international inquiry has found that MH17 was taken down from within rebel-held territories by a BUK system transported from Russia. However, some uncertainty over it lingers – investigators withheld key evidence citing security concerns.