World court could give justice for MH17 dead, Anwar tells Parliament

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim suggested Malaysia turn to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek justice against the perpetrators of the downing of MH17. —  AFP pic

BY JOSEPH SIPALAN

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Malaysia should consider going to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for justice to be meted out on those who took down the Malaysia Airlines plane and killed all 298 people on board, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.

The opposition leader commended Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s efforts in securing the safe transfer of the black boxes and remains of the passengers of the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight MH17, but stressed that the problem is far from settled.

“The next step is to make sure those who are responsible to possibly face the International Criminal Court,” he said when debating the incident at an emergency parliamentary sitting here.

Anwar noted that the weaponry used to down the plane was not something readily accessible to anyone except a country boasting great military strength.

He slammed world powers, especially Russia and the US, for not putting in enough effort to deal with the crisis that followed the attack on the passenger plane.

“The weapon used is very sophisticated. The training and access to such weaponry could only be provided for by either Russia or the US.

“We must make sure that there is no effort by these big powers to protect those responsible for the attack or to cover up the incident,” he said.

Several countries including Ukraine, Australia and the US have accused pro-Russia militants of shooting down the Boeing plane on July 17 with a missile.

Russia denied it was responsible for the attack and instead blamed Ukraine.

Anwar also called on the US to intervene on the on-going assault on Gaza by Israeli forces, which has so far caused over 600 civilian deaths.

The former deputy prime minister described the Israeli offensive as “state-sanctioned terrorism”, and stressed that a ceasefire is not a solution.

“While Russia is being soft towards the separatists, the US is weak in dealing with the terror of Israel on Gaza,” he said in condemning the lethal military action by both groups.

A total of 22 MPs will debate the downing of flight MH17 today. – Malay Mail Online

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