Dutch journalists criticize MH17 probe results after finding ‘many pieces’ still at crash site
Just days ago, Michel Spekkers and Stefan Beck returned to Holland from eastern Ukraine where the two journalists had been gathering first-hand knowledge of the locals’ attitudes towards Moscow and Kiev, as well as preparing a report on the political situation in the troubled region.
The journalists’ trip was not veiled in secrecy, as they had been tweeting about collecting the fragments at the site and agreed to hand over what they had found to Dutch authorities upon their return. “The material that Michel Spekkers has collected at the crash site, we already were warned beforehand by the Dutch authorities that they would really like to take a look at it. And we had not completely agreed on doing that, but we would go for a talk with Dutch authorities,”
“Dutch authorities of course claim it is legal to take these pieces from us. We had an initial intention to hand them over in any case. But we did want to prevent that these pieces would end up in a research [that] would take a very long time,” Beck said, noting that “it is very important that this material is shown” to the public.
He noted that the journalists had brought back pieces of the plane because they wanted to show the public that there is still plenty of evidence at the site that investigators never bothered to collect or consider in their research, though that apparently hasn’t stopped them from reaching conclusions with incomplete data.
This shows “there’s some matter of serious neglect by the Dutch public prosecuting service in not going there and collecting more material,” Beck said.
Both journalists were apprehended by authorities upon their return, despite showing a willingness to cooperate. All the collected materials were seized, “but not only of MH17 also we had our laptops, telephones and SD cards in cameras all confiscated by the Dutch police,” Beck told RT.
Dutch prosecutors said in a statement that the “general impression was that possibly not all objects with relevance to the investigation would be handed over by free will.”
While the loss of the fragments is regrettable, the confiscation of all their equipment has raised some serious concerns