PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad described the decision to indict three Russians and one Ukrainian for murder during the MH17 flight as a political plot against Russia.
"We are very unhappy. From the outset, it has become a political issue on how to accuse Russia of error.
"Even before examining the case, they have already argued that (the abatement of MH17) was done by Russia," Mahathir told reporters at the holding ceremony of Prime Minister Hari Raya's office.
Mahathir said Malaysia was not convinced by the findings and required investigators to provide evidence that the Russians were behind the attack.
"As far as we are concerned, we want evidence of guilt (which Russia did). But so far, there is no evidence, just rumors.
"That's a ridiculous thing. Someone shoots a gun and you can not see who, but you know who shot it," Dr. Mahathir said.
When asked if Malaysia's position was because it had a participation with Russia, which are the buyers of its palm oil, Dr Mahathir said no.
"No, no, that's different," he said.
International investigators have charged four people with murder in connection with the 2014 blowout of Malaysia Airlines' MH17 flight, above rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine, in which 298 people were killed.
The four were the Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and the Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko.
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