Member of the Dutch parliament Pieter Omtzigt let a Ukrainian fake witness speak during a meeting about the MH17 disaster in May in a room filled with relatives of the victims. The man would have used a text that was written by Omtzigt.
That claims the Dutch newspaper the NRC based on text messages and audio recordings. Omtzigt admits on his Facebook and wrote his regrets.
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The man stated that he had seen other aircraft in the air at the moment that flight MH17 was shot. A theory from Russia. The Russians suggest that the aircraft was shot down by a Ukrainian jet fighter.
According to the team that is conducting criminal investigations into the MH17 disaster, it has been proven that the aircraft was shot down by a Russian Buk missile.
Omtzigt spoke extensively with the fake witness from Ukraine before the meeting, writes the NRC. He would have written in a text ‘key points’ that the man’s interpreter had to pronounce during the lecture.
Heard by research team
The Ukrainian would have told the Member of Parliament that he had already been heard by the Dutch investigation team and that they had already received a report from Germany with his testimony. Nevertheless, according to the newspaper at the meeting, the impression was created that the man had not yet been heard.
Omtzigt would have further written in the text that the Ukrainian had to say that he himself has seen the plane crash. But he was not a witness, only his wife would have witnessed it.
Against NRC Handelsblad, Omtzigt says he “did not understand” that the Ukrainian was not an eyewitness to the disaster. Nor was it clear to the CDA person whether the man had already been heard by the research team.
The MP was not available for comment this morning. The CDA has not yet given a reaction.
How did the Public Prosecution Service discover that MH17 was shot from a rebel territory in eastern Ukraine? And that the rocket installation comes from Russia? View the fully animated reconstruction here.
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