Malaysia cannot "easily accept" some of the findings of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir said Malaysia has doubts about the findings and expressed the need to have a neutral body, which includes experts from many countries familiar with similar crashes, to investigate.
“When you have countries that suffered because of (the crash), obviously they are bound to be a little bit biased," he said.
“It’s very difficult for anybody to determine (who fired the missile) because once the missile is fired, they can move to other places,” he said. “You can identify parts of the missile, determine what kind of missile or which part of the plane was damaged, but to say that you know who fired the missile, that is a little bit too much for us to accept.
“I don’t have any relatives who were killed there, I don’t have any right to any insurance claim but I am seeing this as an observer from the outside and some of the findings made (by JIT) did not sound to me and many people in Malaysia as being quite right."
Dr Mahathir said it was important to find other evidence to determine the culprit and the country involved in the firing of the missile.
“If they can discover (that) from other evidence, then that would be legitimate and I think the relatives of the victims would be able to make their claims,” he said.