Malaysia asks UN to set up MH17 tribunal

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: Malaysia on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) circulated a draft UN resolution on establishing an international tribunal that it said would guarantee an independent trial for those behind the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine. Malaysia told the Security Council last week that it was ready to move ahead with the proposed tribunal despite resistance from Russia, which has said the move is premature. A draft resolution obtained by Agence France-Presse calls for establishing the tribunal under chapter 7 of the UN charter, which means that the court’s efforts to prosecute those responsible could be enforced by sanctions. All 298 passengers and crew on board the Malaysia Airlines flight — the majority of them Dutch — died when the plane was shot down on July 17 last year over eastern Ukraine.

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