Malaysia Airlines flight: memorial held for victims 3 years after it was shot down

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ABOVE: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 search ends with few answers after three years – Jan 17, 2017

Malaysia held a memorial service Thursday to mark the anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, which killed all 298 people aboard.

More than 90 family members attended the memorial, which was followed by an official briefing on the ongoing investigation.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters after the event, which was closed to the media, that the investigation was “very detailed and we are quite convinced that we will be able to find the culprits.”

Investigations had determined the plane was shot down by a Russian BUK missile system that was fired from a field controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Russia has denied any involvement and denounced the conclusions as politically biased.

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“What we’re told inside was that they (investigators) have all the information that they need,” said Mohamad Salim Sarmo, who lost his son Mohamad Ali on the flight.

Cousins Nur Sabrina and Anwar Zafran said they can only pray that the culprits will be brought to justice. Their 19-year-old cousin, Mohamad Afif Tambi, and his entire family perished on board Flight 17.

“We can’t really grasp or accept everything, but we do know that Malaysia Airlines and all the governments are doing their best to get the ones who shot MH17. So we just wait and pray, that’s all,” Anwar said.

The Dutch government said earlier this month that any suspects will be prosecuted in the Netherlands. The decision was made by the countries jointly investigating the crash – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands.

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Victims came from 17 countries, with 196 of them Dutch.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry did not identify the suspects. Investigators last year said they had pinpointed 100 people they want to speak to who are believed to have been involved in transporting the Buk missile launcher or its use.

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