Kuala Lumpur ‘concerned’ over crash site security

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Updated 19 July 2014

Kuala Lumpur ‘concerned’ over crash site security

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Saturday said vital evidence at the Ukrainian site where flight MH17 went down had been tampered with, calling it a “betrayal” of the lives lost in the disaster.
“The integrity of the site has been compromised, and there are indications that vital evidence has not been preserved in place. Interfering with the scene of the crash risks undermining the investigation itself,” said Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.
He called for immediate access for Malaysia’s team at the site to retrieve human remains. He said “we need the support of the world to ensure that the site is not tampered, that we have access to the site.”
Liow, who again defended Malaysia Airlines’ flying in Ukrainian airspace, said a Malaysian team arrived in Kiev earlier Saturday, two days after the plane went down.
“Any actions that prevent us from learning the truth about what happened to MH17 cannot be tolerated. Failure to stop such interference would be a betrayal of the lives that were lost,” he told a press conference.




Concerns are mounting over the integrity of the crash zone in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, with the government in Kiev on Saturday accusing Moscow of helping pro-Russian separatist insurgents destroy evidence.
Liow said a Malaysian team, including two air accident investigators who arrived in Kiev early Saturday, were so far unable to access the crash site.
“We must have full access to the site and must ensure evidence on the site is not tampered. We also hope that we can ensure that justice can prevail,” he said, adding that he would fly to Kiev later Saturday to expedite matters.
World leaders have called for unfettered access to the crash site to allow for a full investigation into Thursday’s apparent shooting down of the jet, that killed all 298 people on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Ukraine has accused the rebels of shooting down the plane in a “terrorist act” but the separatists allege that Kiev’s forces were responsible and Russia’s defence ministry says it has evidence that Ukrainian missile systems were active in the area.
“What is most important now, is to ascertain who shot the Malaysian aircraft MH17. We want and demand justice,” Liow said.


Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations

In this Oct. 3, 2019, file photo, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde gestures as he testifies at the resumption of the Senate probe on the release of hundreds of convicts under the shortened serving of their sentence for good behavior, in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. (AP)
Updated 14 October 2019

Philippine police chief resigns amid drug allegations

  • Albayalde resigned about three weeks before his scheduled retirement on Nov. 8

MANILA, Philippines: The Philippine national police chief has resigned after he faced allegations in a Senate hearing that he intervened as a provincial police chief in 2013 to prevent his officers from being prosecuted for allegedly selling a huge quantity of seized drugs.
Gen. Oscar Albayalde said Monday his decision relinquishing his post was accepted by Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano over the weekend but insisted on his innocence, saying he has never been criminally or administratively charged for the alleged irregularity. Albayalde resigned about three weeks before his scheduled retirement on Nov. 8.
The allegations against Albayalde were the latest dark cloud to loom over the national police force, which has largely been enforcing President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody anti-drug crackdown that has left thousands of mostly petty drug suspects dead.