KUALA LUMPUR, (July 24) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today said remains of victims from the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH17 plane crash are unlikely to be brought back before the Aidilfitri celebration.
The prime minister said this was due to technicalities involved in the DNA verification process.
“I regret that I have to inform the families concerned (about this development),” he told reporters after signing the condolence book in memory of the 298 people who perished in the plane crash in eastern Ukraine on July 17, at the residence of the Dutch envoy to Malaysia, Harry Molenaar, here.
Najib said the identification process had to be done according to strict procedures, bearing in mind the need for evidence for possible prosecution.
“We can’t avoid this painstaking process. This is both to meet the technical and legal requirements,” he said adding that the whole process was expected “to take weeks or even months”. — BERNAMA