MH17: Nations Conspire To Keep Investigations Classified – Leaked Document Reveals
By Athena Yenko | August 27, 2014 12:57 PM EST
A man walks past wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 26, 2014. Nearly 300 people, 193 of them Dutch citizens, were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was brought down in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are battling government forces, on July 17.
The document is a non-disclosure agreement signed by the four nations involved in the investigation. It says that the results and data obtained will only be published once all enquiries are completed. The agreement seemed standard if not for a stipulation that states publication of the results would only be done if Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium arrived at a consensus.
"Any one of the signatories has the right to veto the publication of the results of the investigation without explanation," as quoted saying by prosecutor General Yuri Boychenko during a briefing in Kiev.
The nations involved signed the agreement, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine then ratified the agreement, after which Malaysian authorities were allowed to join the investigation.
With this, the Global Research concludes that the "intermediate results of the investigation directly prove the innocence of Russia and/or the Donetsk militia" since all data are kept and experts' opinion unreleased.
Curiously, on Tuesday, Russia accused the nations conducting the investigations of lack of transparency.
Speaking through a televised briefing in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asked why recording from MH17's black boxes were not yet publicized when the black boxes have already been shipped to Farnborough in Britain. Furthermore, Dutch investigators said early in August that an initial report will be released "in a few weeks."
"No one has told us anything coherent about the reasons why the recordings of the black boxes cannot be released fully," Lavrov said.
Lavrov had also questioned Ukraine's withholding of recordings of communications that transpired between air traffic controllers of an airport in Dnepropetrovsk.
He went about questioning the lack of transparency from the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the United Nations' aviation agency after being contacted by Russia.
In conclusion, Lavrov said that the behaviour of all the nations and investigating agencies imply that they failed to find proof of their accusation that it was Russia that downed MH17.
He highlighted that the previous accusations against Russia were made "verging on hysteria against Russia and the rebels." But now, the accusers "seemed to have swallowed their tongues."
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