The Malaysian government is set to deploy an investigation team to Donetsk, Ukraine to retrieve the bodies that are still scattered across fields and collect evidence nearly two months after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17.
Speaking from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said they will work closely with Australia, Netherlands, and Ukraine to make sure the remains of the victims are returned to their families, CNN reported.
“We intend to send our teams to the crash site as soon as possible,” Najib said. The team will also gather evidence in the crash site to prosecute the attackers. “We do have intelligence report on what happened to MH17,” Najib said.
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We need evidence to bring those responsible to court. That’s why we need to enter the crash site to comb for evidence before winter starts.
He said the evidence was “pretty conclusive” that pro-Russian rebels in the region shot down the plane on July 17 after being mistaken it for a Ukrainian military plane, killing all 298 people on board.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who was in Kuala Lumpur for a bilateral meeting with Najib, underscored the need for an international investigation, News.com.au reported.
“We owe it to the families of the victims … not to rest until the perpetrators of this atrocity are brought to justice,” Abbott said.
Dutch investigators plan to issue a preliminary report on Tuesday. More investigations will be conducted before a final report is issued, which is expected within the year after the crash, the Dutch Safety Board said.
The tragedy is the second disaster the Malaysia Airlines faced this year; first was the flight MH 370 which mysteriously disappeared in airspace in April.
In the same interview with the press, Najib vowed to increase efforts to find the missing plane.