In Malaysia Airlines crash, Ukraine

By John Helmer, published on his website Dances With Bears, March 10, 2017

Images of Australian Prime Minister Ian Turnbull and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (image by John Helmer)

The Australian Government refuses to declare the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 a terrorist act, and is withholding state payments of $75,000 to each of the families of the 38 Australian nationals or residents killed when the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 14, 2014.

The Australian Attorney-General, George Brandis, has written to advise Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull there is insufficient evidence of what and who caused the MH17 crash to meet the Australian statutory test of a terrorist act.  Because the Attorney-General’s legal opinion flatly contradicts Turnbull’s public opinions, Brandis’s advice is top-secret; he refuses to answer questions about the analysis of the MH17 incident which he and his subordinates, along with Australian intelligence agencies and the Australian Federal Police,  have been conducting for more than two years.

In public, Turnbull said on Monday: “Vladimir Putin’s Russia is subject to international sanctions, to which Australia is a part, because of his conduct in shooting down the MH17 airliner in which 38 Australians were killed. Let’s not forget that. That was a shocking international crime.”

On March 8, Turnbull was asked to explain why, after so long, the Prime Minister, on the advice of the Attorney-General, refuses to designate the MH17 incident as criminal terrorism according to the provisions of the Supporting Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Act. Turnbull replied through a spokesman that he is still investigating. “The criminal investigation of MH17 is ongoing. The outcomes of this investigation could be relevant in determining whether this incident should be declared for the purposes of the Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Payment scheme” …

Read the full article at the original weblink above.

John Helmer is a Moscow-based writer and longtime journalist. His original research in a January 2017 article brought to light the dark family history of Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. The minister says that discussion of that history and her past public statements deflecting attention from it are part of a ‘Russian disinformation’ campaign directed at her and the government she serves. Background and March 10, 2017 update here. Read and listen to a Jan 18, 2017 interview with John Helmer about this story here.

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