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Evidence Builds That Audio Tapes Provided By Ukraine To MH17 Investigators Were Altered

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Evidence Builds That Audio Tapes Provided By Ukraine To MH17 Investigators Were Altered

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The authenticity of the phone tapes provided to the investigation by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have long been questioned. Audio analyses done by an expert on two of these phone tapes published on YouTube have already shown that there is evidence they were tampered with.

The audio tape concerning the involvement of Igor Bezler (nickname “Bes”) in the downing of flight MH17 was one of the most clearly falsified pieces of ‘evidence’. In the first place, the supposed conversation begins with the end of a sentence (“I understood, damn”), which shows that the recording was not of the entire conversation, but just a piece of it. The risk to have an extract put out of context was then very high. And that’s exactly what happened.

Here is the discussion we can hear in the extract provided by the SBU:

“I understood, damn.

We just shot down a plane. The group of “Miner”. It fell behind Enakievo. I went…

Pilots? Where are the pilots?

We went to look for and photograph the downed plane. It is smoking…

How many minutes ago?

Well, about 30 minutes ago.”

The SBU published this phone tape as ‘proof’ that Bezler admitted they shot down the MH17 (even if they never mention it was a Boeing, or a passenger plane, the ‘context’ is given exclusively by the assertion of the security service of Ukraine, a country which is also a suspect in the case).

But there were quickly several problems. The location where the plane mentioned fell (near Enakievo) was not the location where the MH17 fell (the area near Grabovo), as you can see in the map below.

Evidence Builds That Audio Tapes Provided By Ukraine To MH17 Investigators Were Altered

Click to see the full-size image. Image: donbass-insider.com

However, the location indicated by Bezler in the audio tape does correspond to a plane that was shot down, a military aircraft downed by the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) militia one month before.

Both of the media agencies Interfax and TASS reported on 17 June 2014 that the DPR people’s militia claimed to have shot down a SU-25 while it was attacking Golmovsky. This village is on the periphery of Gorlovka, several kilometres from Enakievo.

Another anomaly from the audio tape is the question about the pilots. One would expect to search specifically for the pilots only in the case of a military aircraft, not a civilian one, because there is no ejection seat in a passenger plane.

And when you hear the full phone tape, you understand the whole picture.

Watch the whole video of Anatoly Shary subtitled in English:

Here is the full discussion about the shot down plane:

“Yes, Vasily Nikolaevich?

Igor, tell me, well, what is there, is it decided for this 200 [dead soldier]?

Yes, they are bringing him to Crimea, everything is fine.

Oh … Well, I just understood, damn.

We just shot down a plane. The group of “Miner”. It fell behind Enakievo. I went…

Pilots? Where are the pilots?

We went to look for and photograph the downed plane. It smokes…

How many minutes ago?

Well, about 30 minutes ago.

About half an hour ago, right? Which kind? Sukhoi again?

Yes, Sukhoi.”

The SBU eliminated all the parts of the conversation which could help understand what Bezler was really talking about, and that it has absolutely no relation to the MH17 crash. Bezler and the man with whom he speaks mention clearly it’s a Sukhoi (a military aircraft) which was shot down. As reported in the incident mentioned by Interfax and TASS on 17 June 2014. One month before the MH17 crash! Which means that the SBU falsified the date of the recording in addition to cutting essential parts of the conversation.

In this full phone tape, you can clearly hear the piece of sentence which is at the very beginning of the SBU extract provided as evidence in the MH17 case: “I just understood, damn”. The presence of this sentence seems to indicate the file received by Anatoly Shary is the one from which the SBU ‘evidence’ is extracted.

The two audio files (the full one published by Shary and the one published by SBU) were compared by Michael Kobs (a researcher who has investigated the MH17 case, and has already produced several reports on it, like “Haunt the BUK”), with audio analysis software. And this comparison shows that the two files share the same level of noise, and the same audio profile. Which means that it is most likely that the SBU file was extracted from the very same file published by Shary.

Evidence Builds That Audio Tapes Provided By Ukraine To MH17 Investigators Were Altered

Several independent experts have analyzed the audio tapes. Source: donbass-insider.com

Moreover, the facts available in this full phone tape correspond to the events of June 2014, and are corroborated by the testimony given by Bezler to the investigation team and to the Dutch court in charge of the MH17 case.

And last but not least, another phone tape presented by the Dutch court on 8 June 2020 confirms the facts on which Bezler testified:

In this audio tape dated 16 June 2014, Dubinsky announced that “Bes downed a Sushka” (“Bezler downed a Sukhoi” ) in Gorlovka in the evening, and that the “pilot ejected” and “is being searched for”. It is exactly what the full phone tape with Bezler is talking about! This discussion involving Bezler had nothing to do with the MH17, the SBU knew it and edited the phone tape to deceive the investigation team and the Dutch court.

Impartiality and expertise of the investigation team and the Dutch court put into question

The information published by Anatoly Shary not only put into question the reliability of the evidence provided by the SBU in the MH17 case. Once again, it is the whole investigation which is put into question.

Because, as Donbass Insider emphasizes it is not the first forgery to be proved in this very sensitive case. The JIT published as ‘proof’ a discussion from a fake VK account, Vladimir Tsemakh was kidnapped by the SBU and presented as a key suspect after one of his swear words in an interview was conveniently “misinterpreted” as the word “BUK”, and testimonies of several witnesses were deformed or completely falsified by western media (watch the documentaries from Bonanza Media).

The media outlet Bellingcat has also been discredited by subsequent events, as it scammed a witness who testified that he saw fighter jets in order to suggest he was a fraud. Moreover, the US refused to provide the satellite pictures they claimed having, and the Russian data about the fact that the missile pieces shown by the JIT belong to a Ukrainian army unit was put aside by the court without any real analysis of the documents by the investigation team (they never came to Russia to verify the documents on site). The data of the full scale experiment of Almaz Antey was not included in the file, there are a lot of discrepancies and inconsistencies in the official version, and most of the witnesses that are relied on in the trial are anonymous (even when the witness in question is Eliot Higgings, from… Bellingcat), which makes it impossible to check their testimonies.

Donbass Insider also points out that in the recording of Bezler testimony to the investigators, you can hear one of them admitting that he does not know Ukraine’s geography well, perhaps as an excuse for the fact that they did not immediately realize that a plane which fell near Enakievo, could not be the MH17 which fell much further to the east.

What then are the competencies of the investigators, if they don’t know the geography of the crash area after three years of investigation. How can these people can assert, like in the court hearing of 8 June 2020, or in the article published by Bellingcat about Bezler, that the reliability of the phone tapes was checked by experts or by crossing the information with other elements, when they are not even able to check the location of the crash?

What kind of experts can state that phone tapes are reliable when a part of the conversation is obviously missing?

How could a Dutch Prosecutor claim on 10 March 2020, that “the complete intercepted conversations that are contained in the case file” “have been thoroughly investigated” and still take evidence provided by the SBU as proof? If the Dutch Prosecutors really investigated the complete phone tapes, they would have seen the falsification of evidence, and not base their case file mainly on what the SBU provided.

And the full phone tape of Bezler published by Shary indicates that the SBU provided falsified “evidence” about the MH17 crash to the investigation team and to the Dutch justice. And neither the “great” couch experts of Bellingcat, nor the JIT and its professional experts saw it was forged. Not to mention the investigators who don’t even know where the locality of the crash area is. LINK

The publication of the full phone tape of Bezler proves that the official investigation was completely flawed, based on staged fakes and forgeries, that the experts relied on during the trial do have not the competencies to assess the authenticity of the evidence, and that the court in charge of the MH17 case should immediately stop the hearings and restart the investigation from scratch with an impartial team of competent people. LINK

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