by Alex Bruce, US correspondent
It’s been 5 years since Malaysia Air Flight 17, flying en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine, in the deadliest airliner shootdown in history, killing all 298 people onboard.
I don’t know anyone who bought the official explanation of what happened to this flight, so I think a lot of people reading this will be excited to see this new breakthrough documentary short by Yana Yerlashova and Max van der Werff, which interviews people seldom heard from in this case, including Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir and Colonel Mohamad Sakri, the officer in charge of the Malaysian government’s MH-17 investigation, who reveals for the first time an attempt by the FBI to seize the aircraft’s black boxes recovered by his team in a secret mission shortly after the crash. Both say that the governments of the Netherlands and Australia blamed Russia for the shootdown, before the investigation had even begun.
The film reveals evidence of tampering, the forging of prosecution materials, suppression of Ukrainian Air Force radar tapes and lying by the Dutch, Ukrainian, US and Australian governments. The entire basis of their case was a wiretapped phone call provided by the Ukrainian government that forensics reveal was heavily-manipulated, containing nine distinct edits.
Missing from every report about the Russian-made Buk missile that allegedly took the plane down was that the serial number on the weapon clearly showed that it belonged to the Ukraine military. Locals interviewed here say that they observed a Ukrainian Sukhoi fighter jet circling the passenger plane, firing an air-to-air missile and flying away.
For the first time, the Malaysian Government reveals how the Obama Administration was organizing to launch a NATO military “rescue mission” to retrieve the plane, the bodies and the evidence of what caused the crash. In reality, it was an operation aimed at defeating the separatist movements in eastern Ukraine and to move against Russian-held Crimea.
As for Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir, he does not feel that justice has been served in this tragedy that killed 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians and 35 people from a handful of other European and Asian countries. “We’re interested in the rule of law, in justice for everyone, irrespective of who is involved. We have to know who actually fired the missile and then, only can we accept the report as complete.”
Running Time 28 mins