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Malaysia continues push for MH17 tribunal

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak says the country will continue to push for the establishment of an international tribunal to ensure an independent trial for the prosecution of those behind the alleged downing of flight MH17.

He made the comments on his blog, a day before the one-year anniversary of the loss of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER.

While the investigation into the destruction of the jet is yet to reach conclusions, there is strong evidence that the aircraft was brought down by a weapon over Ukraine.

“A year on, the battle for truth and justice is far from over, and we continue to provide our full co-operation to – and work closely with – the Joint Investigation Team looking into this tragedy,” says Najib.

“They now have a clearer picture regarding the possible cause of the tragedy, and are expected to continue their investigation into all possible scenarios until the end of 2015.”

He adds that the Dutch Safety Board will be publishing the final report of its investigation into MH17 by early October.

Malaysia has been pushing to set up an international tribunal to ensure an "independent and impartial accountability process", despite resistance from Russia, which has said that the move is premature.

Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014. All 298 passengers on board – the majority of whom were Dutch – perished.

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