Final Report on Downing of Malaysia Plane Over Ukraine to Be Published in October

Israel received update on the investigation as one of the victims of the 2014 crash was Israeli; Malaysia seeks UN resolution to hold accountable those responsible.

Reuters

A final report into the 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine will be released in October, according to an update Israel has received from the authority investigating the incident.

The flight heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board – including one Israeli.

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB), which is leading the investigation, contacted attorney Itzhak Raz, the chief air traffic accidents investigator at the Israeli Transportation Ministry, and updated him on the report's release date.

Countries whose citizens were among the victims receive regular updates on the investigation.

Meanwhile, Malaysia told the UN Security Council last week that it plans to submit a resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down the plane.

Diplomats said Malaysia's UN Ambassador Ramlan Bin Ibrahim informed council members that the resolution is being prepared by the five countries investigating the crash and will be under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which can be enforced militarily.

New Zealand's UN Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, the current council president, told reporters after Malaysia's closed-door briefing that the five countries — Malaysia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia and Belgium — are seeking "criminal accountability" for the downing of the aircraft.

Controversy continues over who downed the plane.

Ukraine and the West suspect it was destroyed by a Russian surface-to-air missile fired by Russian soldiers or Russia-backed separatist rebels fighting in the area. Moscow denies that and Russian officials and state media have alleged the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian missile or a warplane.

Diplomats said Russia, a veto-wielding member of the Security Council, holds the key to adoption of a resolution.

Malaysian diplomat Johan Ariff Abdul Razak said after Thursday's council discussions that "our sense was that all council members including Russia were open to further consider the matter."

According to diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the consultations were closed, ambassador Ibrahim said that in the coming days he hopes to circulate the proposed text of a resolution with the draft statute to establish the tribunal in an annex. The ambassador said he would like to see its adoption by the end of July, the diplomats said.