MH17 investigation continues with Dutch partners visiting Australia

Officials from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have this week hosted an official delegation from the Netherlands to discuss the ongoing joint investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014.

Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke and an official delegation met with senior officials from the AFP and other Australian agencies to continue the close working relationship as members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Established soon after the downing of the plane, and supported by United Nations resolution 2166, the JIT consists of representatives from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

The JIT was established to ensure a full, thorough and independent process to secure justice for all of the 298 victims of MH17 and their families.

The investigation has progressed with particular emphasis placed on analysis of available intelligence, forensic evidence and scientific modelling.

AFP Commander Peter Crozier, said from day one the AFP’s involvement in this investigation has been to secure justice for families.

“Since 2014 the AFP has maintained a strong presence in the JIT and welcomes this visit from Mr Westerbeke to Australia. Discussions this week have reinforced our resolve to see out this investigation to its natural conclusion – whenever that may be,” Commander Crozier said.

“Following the identification and return of all Australian-based victims our focus turned to seeking justice for their families. We remain committed to working closely with our investigation partners to achieve this closure,” Commander Crozier said. 

Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said that it is pleasing to see that our best people are still working on this important and challenging investigation.

“The cooperation with AFP and our other Australian partners is excellent and we are encouraged by the progress that we are still making to achieve our common goal: revealing the truth and bringing those responsible to justice,” said Mr Westerbeke.

The AFP currently has nine officers deployed to The Hague and Ukraine as members of the JIT. Since July 2014, more than 450 investigators and technical staff have been deployed to assist the joint investigation.


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