‘It shows the JIT investigation for what it is: a corrupt and useless exercise.’
By Jan Fluitketel, Malaysia Today, Nov 20, 2014‘
I am a Dutch citizen who lives here in Malaysia. This morning I read some news regarding MH17 in Elsevier, a worthy Dutch news magazine.
As you should know, the Dutch government signed an agreement with three other countries (Belgium, Australia and Ukraine) about the manner in which the Joint Investigation Team would investigate the July 17 MH17 disaster. According to Elsevier sources, this secret agreement has a condition that all parties within the JIT group (including Ukraine) have the right to secrecy. In other words: if any of the parties finds that certain evidence might be damaging, it is entitled to demand complete secrecy by all JIT members.
Of course an incredible situation: how can Ukraine, one of the two suspected parties, ever be offered such an agreement?
Using the Dutch Secrets Act, Elsevier has recently asked the government to reveal the details of the agreement. Apparently, yesterday, the Dutch government REFUSED to reveal any of those details, as it could “endanger the relations with the other countries involved”. You can read the Elsevier story here [in Dutch].
Besides the fact that the MH17 plane was Malaysian territory and that Malaysia was not even allowed to join the Joint Investigation Team, this is an absolute scandal of epic proportions. It shows the JIT investigation for what it is: a corrupt and useless exercise.