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September 28, 2016

Investigation Shows Missile Downed Airliner Came from Russia





An investigation that implicated Russia in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was able to track the movements of a missile launcher thanks to photos and video clips from witnesses.
Investigators revealed social media posts aided their efforts to meticulously chart the surface-to-air missile system's path - concluding it was brought into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine from Russia.
Prosecutors confirmed the plane with 298 people on board was shot down from the village of Pervomaysk by a Russian-made missile and the launcher was trucked back to Russia after the attack.
Reconstruction footage released by investigators contains witness photos and video that show the missile launcher traveling through the city of Donetsk and smaller towns towards the launch site. 

A spokesman had claimed: "First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment.
"The data are clear-cut...there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere."
Russian officials also tipped off the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) that the rural town of Zaroshchenske was a potential launch site – claiming it was controlled by Ukrainian forces at the time.
mirror.co.uk/news/world


A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 released Wednesday found evidence the airliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

The report confirmed multiple findings in the past of the cause of the crash of the Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch Central Crime Investigation Department, said communications intercepts showed pro-Russian separatists separatists had called for the missile to be deployed, and reported its arrival in rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine.

The missile which brought down Flight MH17 two years ago over eastern Ukraine was transported into the area from Russia, a Dutch-led investigation has found. Video provided by AFP Newslook

“It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation,” Paulissen said at a news conference, announcing the results of the two-year investigation.

Russia, which denied responsibility for the July 17, 2014, crash from the start, continued to do so Wednesday.

Initially, Russian officials suggested a Ukrainian fighter jet flying nearby could have shot down the airliner. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the Dutch-led investigation was “biased and politically motivated.”

The Russian military insisted Wednesday that no air defense missile systems have ever been sent from Russia to Ukraine. The Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, claimed the investigation's conclusions were based on information from the internet and Ukrainian special services, the Associated Press reported.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the latest findings are "another step toward bringing to justice those responsible for this outrageous attack."

Eliot Higgins, founder of the open-source research group Bellingcat, whose early reports pointing at Russian involvement were verified by the Dutch report, said Russia has consistently issued false information about the crash "from claims about satellite imagery to claims about the movements of Buk missile launchers."

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the plane. Russia also has denied supporting the separatists with arms and money, despite evidence to the contrary from foreign governments and news media.

Prosecutors from the Joint Investigation Team — made up of investigators from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine — told the relatives of those killed that they would investigate about 100 people over the incident, the BBC reported.

Robby Oehler, whose niece died in the crash, told the broadcaster: "They told us how the Buk was transported [and] how they came to that evidence from phone taps, photo, film material, video."

A separate investigation by the Dutch Safety Board concluded in October 2015 that the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile.

Eduard Basurin, from the Donetsk People's Republic rebel group, told the Interfax news agency: "We never had such air defense systems, nor the people who could operate them. Therefore we could not have shot down the Boeing.” 

In advance of the report's release, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia wanted "an impartial and full investigation of that tragedy."

"No conclusions can be made without taking into consideration the latest information that was published by our military — namely the primary radar data that recorded all aircraft or objects that could be launched or be in the air on the territory controlled by militia at that time," he told reporters, according to the Tass news agency.

He added that "the data are unambiguous and there is no missile (that allegedly downed the jet) there. If there had been a missile, then it could have been launched from other territory. In this case, I do not say which territory — this is a matter of experts.”

, USA TODAY

June 29, 2015

Malaysian Muslims in US Celebrate Court Decision



                                                                           


KUALA LUMPUR,  A US-based Muslim group with a Malaysian chapter has commended the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalised same-sex marriage throughout America.
The Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), whose founder and president is a Malaysia-born named Ani Zonneveld, cited a “gender-neutral” verse in the Quran on marriage that read: “And among the signs of God is this: that God created for you spouses from among yourselves, that you may dwell in peace with them, and God has put love and mercy in your hearts, truly in this are the signs of God for those who reflect”.

“Our love for our LGBTQI siblings causes us to rejoice in today’s decision from the highest court of law in the United States, the US Supreme Court, recognizing and uplifting the constitutional mandate of equality,” MPV said in a statement yesterday, using the initials for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex community.

“Muslims for Progressive Values recognises the worth of every human being as endowed by our creator. Seeking to enact justice through word and deed, MPV has worked to create inclusive spaces where LGBTQI Muslims could embrace both their faith and their sexual orientation and/or gender identity,” the Los Angeles-based group added.
The Supreme Court ruled yesterday by a 5-to-4 vote to uphold the right to same-sex marriage throughout the US, where gay people could already get married in the majority of states before the historic decision.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy was quoted by the media as writing in the majority opinion.

According to MPV’s website, MPV, which seeks to build a progressive Muslim community, has established communities in several countries, including Malaysia, and Australia.
The website also lists Zainah Anwar, co-founder of local Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in Islam (SIS), as a member of MPV’s activist advisory board.

American religious scholar Dr Reza Aslan, who has criticized the Malaysian Court of Appeal’s decision to prohibit the Catholic Church from referring to God with the Arabic word “Allah”, is listed on MPV’s scholar advisory board.

Malaysia’s Islamic authorities and conservative Muslim groups have repeatedly condemned the gay and transgender community, with news website Gay Star News reporting in 2012 assaults on transsexuals in the country.

The Malaymailonline.com
The Malay Mail online

February 11, 2015

In Malaysia Top Judges send Opposing Contenders to jail for Sodomy


Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in 2011 (Photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch)
Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in 2011 (Photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch)
The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after seven years of politically motivated proceedings under an abusive and archaic law is a major setback for human rights in Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said today.
On February 10, 2015, the Federal Court of Malaysia upheld a lower court ruling and sentenced Anwar to five years in prison for violating Malaysia’s sodomy law. The Malaysian authorities should exonerate Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, and the government should act to repeal section 377 of the penal code.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (Photo courtesy of TheHoya.com)
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (Photo courtesy of TheHoya.com)
“Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government has persisted in its politically motivated prosecution of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim at the expense of democratic freedoms and the rights to non-discrimination and privacy for all Malaysians,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Allowing this travesty of justice to stand will further undermine respect for rights and democracy in Malaysia.”
The decision of the Federal Court, Malaysia’s highest court, strips Anwar of his seat in the federal Parliament where he leads the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition. Malaysian election law provides that any person who is imprisoned for as little as one day or fined 2,000 ringgit (US$550) is forbidden from running for office for five years after release from prison. Many observers believe that the five-year ban from politics, when coupled with his prison sentence, means an effective end to Anwar’s political career.
Police arrested Anwar on July 16, 2008, based on a complaint from Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a political aide, that Anwar had consensual sex with him. Serious fair trial concerns arose throughout the original trial, including the prosecutors’ unwillingness to provide defense lawyers with access to medical and other evidence against their client. Nevertheless, the High Court acquitted Anwar on January 9, 2012, ruling that DNA samples that were central to the prosecution’s case had not been handled or maintained properly and thus were possibly contaminated. The High Court judge said the only other major evidence was the alleged victim’s statements, and those were uncorroborated.
Palace of Justice in Patrajaya, which houses the Federal Court of Malaysia. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Palace of Justice in Patrajaya, which houses the Federal Court of Malaysia. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
The government appealed and on March 7, 2014, the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal and sentenced Anwar to five years in prison. The appeal court hearing, originally scheduled for April, was hurriedly moved to March 6 and 7. In addition, the verdict and sentencing hearing were conducted on the same day despite defense counsel requests, which were denied, that they be given adequate time to prepare for mitigation, including provision of medical evidence. The sentencing hearing was conducted after a one-hour recess on a day of proceedings that had lasted until 5 p.m. The immediate result was that Anwar’s conviction disqualified him from running in the Kajang district state assembly election in Selangor on March 23. If Anwar had been permitted to run and won the seat, he would have been eligible to seek the position of chief minister of Selangor state, a development strongly opposed by the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for Asia: Anwar trials are "political vendetta." (Photo courtesy of ThailandTatler.com)
Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for Asia: Anwar trials are “political vendetta.” (Photo courtesy of ThailandTatler.com)
This is the fourth time Anwar has been charged under section 377 of the penal code, a law that discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The article has been invoked only seven times since 1938, according to research by the Women’s Candidacy Initiative. The willingness of successive Malaysian governments to use the law repeatedly against one high-profile political opponent highlights the danger it poses so long as it remains on the books, Human Rights Watch said.
“By persisting in its political vendetta using section 377, the government is also denigrating Malaysia’s LGBT community,” Robertson said. “Using an archaic and discriminatory law in order to score political points shows Prime Minister Najib’s encouragement of intolerance under his rule.”

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Malaysia's highest court has upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction on sodomy charges and his five-year prison sentence in a case he and his supporters have denounced as a fabrication.
The Federal Court's judgement on Tuesday upheld a ruling by the Court of Appeal in March last year, which found the 67-year-old guilty of sodomising a former political aide.
Addressing the court, Anwar accused the panel of justices for taking part in a "political conspiracy" by Malaysia's ruling regime.
Hundreds of Anwar supporters, surrounded by dozens of police, gathered outside the court [AFP]
statement by the Malaysian government said on Tuesday: "The judges will have reached their verdict only after considering all the evidence in a balanced and objective manner. Malaysia has an independent judiciary, and there have been many rulings against senior government figures."
Hee Loy Sian, a fellow MP from Anwar's party, told Al Jazeera that the opposition People's Justice Party will meet in a few hours to decide on its next steps following the judgment.
"It is an injustice. There are some political influences. There is no independence of the judiciary. It is a black history for Malaysia. How can the leader of the opposition be jailed?"
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Anwar's lawyer Rasiah Sivarasa, said that the case was "politically motivated."
He claimed that Anwar's main accuser had met then deputy prime minister Najib Razak, now the country's leader, before filing the case against Anwar.   
'DNA evidence tainted' 
Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman, reporting from the city of Putrajaya, said Anwar's wife, who is also the president of the People's Justice Party, cried at the court and asked for a private moment with her husband following the announcement of the verdict.
Rahman said Anwar's lawyers had argued during the appeal hearing that DNA evidence against him was tainted, a claim rejected by the court.
Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia where the offence carries a jail term of up to 20 years.

November 1, 2014

Malaysia Bans Halloween for Muslims




KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's top Islamic body has banned Halloween celebrations for Muslims in the country. The National Fatwa Council has called the annual celebration observed on the eve of the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day un-Islamic.
It is the third event the Muslim group has condemned this year. It had earlier labelled the Oktoberfest beer carnival and the "Touch a Dog" campaign as insults to Islam.
However, in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the ban has not dampened the spirit of Halloween, which is celebrated in many countries. It is a time when children dress up in fancy costumes and go trick-or-treating - a practice of going from house to house to collect candy. Many adults too cannot resist joining in the spooky fun - opting for the popular guises of monsters, zombies, vampires and popular movie characters.
But in Malaysia, Islamic groups have frowned upon the festival. The Halloween, they say, with its Christianised origins and possible roots in paganism, are against the teachings of Islam. They have urged Muslims to protect their beliefs and avoid participating in the festivities.
"Superstition is not something that we encourage because it has no basis. And of course when you believe in superstitions, you are superstitious about ghosts ... it contradicts our faith in Islam," said Dr Siti Mariah, an MP from the opposition Islamic party PAS.
The Education Ministry shares these concerns, saying schools should refrain from celebrating Halloween on the eve of All Hallows' Day. "We should succumb and we should follow the fatwa (Islamic ruling)" given by the National Fatwa Council as Islam is the "national religion", said Education Minister Idris Jusoh.
However, the Cabinet Minister-in-charge of National Unity disagreed. Joseph Kurup, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said: "This has been going on for years and it has been celebrated in a cordial and peaceful manner, which we think will make people interact, will make people integrate better and create unity. My personal opinion is that they should be allowed to do so."
The ban is not legally binding as it is not gazetted into law, so non-Muslims are not obliged to adhere to it. But the fatwa has raised concerns of the Islamisation of Malaysia - a country its tourism agency describes as a "melting-pot of races and religions".
Observers say the Halloween ban goes against the principle of moderation or wasatiyah, which calls for racial tolerance and acceptance and, advocated by Prime Minister Najib Razak. 

March 20, 2014

Minute by Minute on Flight MH370


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Thailand's failure to quickly share possible information regarding the fate of the plane, and the 239 people aboard it, may not substantially change what Malaysian officials know, but it raises questions about the degree to which some countries are sharing their defense information, even in the name of an urgent and mind-bending aviation mystery.
With only its own radar to go on, it took Malaysia a week to confirm that Flight 370 had entered the strait, an important detail that led it to change its search strategy.
Search: Sailors from the U.S. destroyer USS Kidd prepare to launch a helicopter in the hunt for flight MH370The U.S. Navy says that it will use long-range naval aircraft to look for the plane, and send its destroyer, the USS Kidd, back to normal duties. Australia is leading the search efforts in the southern Indian Ocean. 
Meanwhile, furious Chinese families threatened to go on hunger strike until the Malaysian government tells them the truth about the fate of their relatives.
Ten days after the airliner vanished an hour into its flight, hundreds of family members are still waiting for information in a Beijing hotel.
Around two thirds of the passengers on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are Chinese.
Families vented their pain and anger on Chinese representatives sent by the airline to meet them on Tuesday and demanded to see the Malaysian ambassador.
'What we want is the truth. Don't let them become victims of politics. No matter what political party you are, no matter how much power you have, if there isn't life, what's the point? Where is compassion?' asked one middle-aged woman angrily.
'You're always going back and forth. I think your government knows in their heart why we want you to answer us. Because you're always tricking us, telling us lies,' added one man.
China has repeatedly called on the Malaysian side to do a better job at looking after the relatives of the Chinese passengers, and to provide them with updated information.


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