Saturday, May 3, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Mystery May 3 , 2014 --- Eleven terrorists with links to Al Qaeda have been " arrested " ( brought in for questioning ) on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of MH370 ???? Has it come down to blaming Al Qaeda ? Takeaway -- Eleven terrorists with links to Al Qaeda have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of MH370 ...... And another mystery ( not the unexplained editing of the recorded conversations between the pilots and air trafic controllers ) but rather the cargo.......Circus over and families told to leave Hotel .......

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2619388/What-havent-told-cargo-MH370-Mystery-deepens-missing-flight-claims-loaded-2-3tonnes-items-not-listed-manifest.html



Eleven terrorists with links to Al Qaeda have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the disappearance of MH370


  • Suspects were arrested in the capital Kuala Lumpur and the state of Kedah

  • Said to members of violent new terror group said to be planning attacks

  • Interrogations came after demands from agencies including FBI and MI6 

  • Manifest revealed presence of consignment but did not reveal its contents

  • Airline has admitted 200kg of lithium batteries was among the items

  • It refused to say what else, citing 'legal reason' related to 'ongoing' probe



A group of 11 terrorists with links to Al Qaeda were yesterday being interrogated on whether they are behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The suspects were arrested in the capital Kuala Lumpur and in the state of Kedah last week and are members of a violent new terror group said to be planning bomb attacks in Muslim countries.

The interrogations come after international investigators, including the FBI and MI6, asked for the militants, whose ages range from 22 to 55 and include students, odd-job workers, a young widow and business professionals, to be questioned intensively about Flight MH370. 

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A Malaysian Airlines aircraft takes off from Kuala Lumpur Airport: Questions have been raised after the airline refused to reveal details of 2.3 tonnes of cargo aboard missing jet MH370 that was not listed on its manifest
A Malaysian Airlines aircraft takes off from Kuala Lumpur Airport: Questions have been raised after the airline refused to reveal details of 2.3 tonnes of cargo aboard missing jet MH370 that was not listed on its manifest

Nearly two months after the Beijing-bound plane vanished soon after take-off from Kuala Lumpur, no trace has been found despite a huge sea search costing hundreds of millions of pounds. It is thought to have crashed into the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board.

An officer with the Counter Terrorism Division of Malaysian Special Branch said yesterday the arrests had heightened suspicion that the flight’s disappearance may have been an act of terrorism.

 
‘The possibility that the plane was diverted by militants is still high on the list and international investigators have asked for a comprehensive report on this new terror group,’ the officer said.

In interviews conducted so far, some suspects have admitted planning ‘sustained terror campaigns’ in Malaysia but denied being involved in the disappearance of the airliner, he added.

Saajid Badat, a British-born Muslim from Gloucester, told a court in New York that he had been instructed at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians
Badat claimed a Malaysian plot was being masterminded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11
During the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, Saajid Badat (left) said he had been instructed to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians. He claimed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed masterminded the plot

During the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law, Saajid Badat, a British-born Muslim from Gloucester, said he had been instructed at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians.
He said: 'I gave one of my shoes to the Malaysians. I think it was to access the cockpit.'

Badat, who spoke via video link and is in hiding in the UK, told the New York court the Malaysian plot was being masterminded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11.

A mystery surrounding the cargo being carried by the missing Malaysian Airlines plane emerged on Friday when it was discovered that it had been loaded with items not specified on the manifest.

The aircraft was carrying 4.566 tonnes of mangosteens - an exotic fruit - and a shipment of lithium batteries, which were part of a separate consignment.

The batteries weighed 200kg, but that separate consignment totalled 2.453 tonnes. So what was being carried to make up the 2.253 tonnes in that separate shipment?

Questions have been raised as Malaysia Airlines said it will close assistance centres in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur for the families of the 239 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 777-200ER jet.

Relatives of passengers aboard flight MH370 prepare to leave a hotel where they have been staying in Beijing after Malaysia Airlines said it would close all its assistance centres for relatives the missing
Relatives of passengers aboard flight MH370 prepare to leave a hotel where they have been staying in Beijing after Malaysia Airlines said it would close all its assistance centres for relatives the missing

The closures come after rescuers abandoned their fruitless air search for the missing jet, which had focused on a remote area of the Indian Ocean off Australia's west coast.

The mystery was sparked by a spokesman for the company that shipped the batteries telling a Malaysian newspaper that he would not reveal what the remaining 2.253 tonnes of cargo were.

'I cannot reveal more because of the ongoing investigations,' the spokesman told The Star newspaper. 'We have been told by our legal advisers not to talk about it.'

The spokesman said he could not even name the company which manufactured the batteries, insisting that the matter was confidential.

Questioned about the fact that a mystery cargo was not stated in the manifest, Malaysian Airlines told the paper that the rest of the consignment was 'radio accessories and chargers.'

A statement from the airline said that the freight not specified had been 'declared as radio accessories', despite there being no reference to this in the manifest released publicly last Thursday. 

What the manifest does say is that NNR Global shipped 133 pieces of one item weighing 1.99 tonnes and 67 pieces of another item weighing 463kg for a total 'consolidated weight' of 2.453 tonnes.

Just how many lithium batteries had been loaded, or their weight, are not specified in the manifest, although Malaysian Airlines boss Ahmad Yahya told a media conference in Kuala Lumpur on March 24 that the batteries weighed a total of 200kg.

What the manifest does say, in respect of the lithium batteries, is that 'the package must be handled with care and that a flammability hazard exists if the package is damaged.

'Special procedures must be followed in the event the package is damaged, to include inspection and repacking if necessary.'

Still praying for answers: A relative of a missing passenger inside a prayer room at Lido Hotel in Beijing
Still praying for answers: A relative of a missing passenger inside a prayer room at Lido Hotel in Beijing

There has been earlier speculation that a fire involving the batteries might have been the cause of the aircraft's fate.
According to The Star, shippers NNR Global are located at an air freight forwarding warehouse located less than 100 yards from the Penang International Airport.

'The complex is guarded by the police and only those with passes are allowed entry,' the newspaper said, following its investigation into the unspecified cargo.

A consolidated shipment combines several individual consignments to make up a full container load.
At the port of destination, the consolidated shipment is separated back into individual consignments for delivery to their respective consignees.

The lithium batteries and the other mystery items that are said to be radio parts were addressed to NNR Global Logistics in Beijing, but a company named JHJ International Transportation Co.Ltd of Beijing was to collect the cargo on its behalf.

A policeman naps beside a board written with messages for passengers aboard the missing fight at the hotel
A policeman naps beside a board written with messages for passengers aboard the missing fight at the hotel

Among the conspiracy theories that have already emerged following the Boeing 777's disappearance on March 8, is that its fate was linked to 20 of the 239 people on board - they were employees of a semi-conductor manufacturing firm which develops components for hi-tech weapons systems and aircraft navigation.

They were employees of Freescale Semiconductor, a Texas technology firm, working in several manufacturing sites in Kuala Lumpur and Tianjin, China, a fact confirmed by a spokeswoman for the company.

The citizens news site Beforeitsnews, said earlier that it was conceivable that MH370 was 'hiding' with its high-tech electronic warfare weaponry.

'In fact, this type of technology is precisely the expertise of Freescale, that has 20 employees on board the missing flight,' said the website.

However, until a detailed description of the 'radio parts' that have not been itemised in the MH370 manifest has been made available, the conspiracy theories are likely to be given an added thrust.



http://nypost.com/2014/05/03/11-terrorists-arrested-in-connection-to-missing-jet/





11 with links to al Qaeda being questioned in MH370 probe

Members of a violent cell of al Qaeda-linked terrorists are being questioned in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370, according to several British press reports.
International law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Britain’s MI6, asked Malaysian authorities to conduct intense interrogations of the 11 militants, who range in age from 22 to 55 and include students, business professionals and a young widow, the Mail newspaper said.
They were all arrested in Malaysia last week.
An officer with the Counter Terrorism Division of Malaysia’s Special Branch said the arrests have increased concern that terrorists may have taken control of the plane.
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A man reacts as Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 attend a meeting at the Metro Park Hotel in Beijing on April 21, 2014.Photo: Getty Images
“The possibility that the plane was diverted by militants is still high on the list,’’ the officer said.
“International investigators have asked for a comprehensive report on this new terror group.’’
The official revealed that the suspects admitted planning “sustained terror campaigns in Malaysia’’ but insisted their group had nothing to do with the plane.
The Beijing-bound plane vanished two months ago with 239 people abaord.
A massive hunt for the aircraft, which is believed to have gone down in the Indian Ocean, has turned up no wreckage.




















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Published: Saturday May 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday May 3, 2014 MYT 10:11:36 AM

What were the 2.3 tonnes? Lithium ion batteries weigh less than 200kg, says firm

   
BALIK PULAU: The lithium ion batteries are back in the centre of the MH370 controversy.
According to NNR Global Logistics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in Batu Maung, the batteries formed only a small part of a “consolidated” shipment weighing 2.453 tonnes.
The batteries weighed less than 200kg, a company spokesman said. He would not say what the remaining 2.253 tonnes of cargo was.
“I cannot reveal more because of the ongoing investigations. We have been told by our legal advisers not to talk about it,” he said.
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He said he could not name the company which manufactured the batteries, stating that the matter was confidential.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya had also announced on March 24 that 200kg of lithium batteries were on board the plane. He said they were packed safely.
In a statement issued last night, MAS said the rest of the consignment was radio accessories and chargers. But this has not been disclosed before and is not stated in the cargo manifest.
The MAS statement said: “About two tonnes, equivalent to 2,453kg, of cargo was declared as consolidated under one master airway bill. This master AWB actually comprised five house AWB. Of these five AWB, two contained lithium ion batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221kg. The balance three house AWB, amounting to 2,232kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers.”
The manifest released in the preliminary report on the missing MH370 on Thursday, however, shows that NNR Global shipped 133 pieces of one item weighing 1.99 tonnes and 67 pieces of another item weighing 463kg for a total weight of 2.453 tonnes. Neither the number of batteries nor its weight were specified.
The manifest came with an instruction that it should be handled with care and that flammability hazards exist. Its flammability had been the source of many earlier theories over how the plane was lost. However, most of the theories have been debunked.
The air waybill for the consignment was RM32,082.48.
NNR Global is located at the Dis3plex Free Commercial Zone at the Airfreight Forwarders Warehousing Cargo Complex, less than 100m from the Penang International Airport. The complex is guarded by the police and only those with passes are allowed entry.
A consolidated shipment combines several individual consignments to make up a full container load.
At the port of destination, the consolidated shipment is separated (deconsolidated or degrouped) back into the original individual consignments for delivery to their respective consignees.
It was reported yesterday that the missing plane was carrying lithium ion batteries and 4.566 tonnes of mangosteens.
The plane’s full cargo manifest was released by the authorities on Thursday as part of the preliminary report on the jetliner that went missing on its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the early hours of March 8.
The manifest revealed that the batteries were from NNR Global.
The package was meant for NNR Global Logistics (Beijing) Co Ltd but a company named JHJ International Transportation Co Ltd, Beijing Branch, was to collect the cargo on its behalf.



The Guardian.......


Malaysia Airlines prompts anger after MH370 relatives told to leave hotel

Passengers' relatives in Beijing hotel say they are being ousted before airline's deadline to close family assistance centres
  • theguardian.com
Malaysia Airlines at Lido hotel in Beijing
Relatives of passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the Lido hotel in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/REUTERS
Relatives of Chinese passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have expressed anger after being told they must leave their Beijing hotel a day after the airline said it would stop providing accommodation.
"I'm very angry," said Steven Wang, whose mother was on the flight.
"Malaysia Airlines have suddenly told us to leave," he added. "They should have at least given us an adjustment period for us to make preparations and collect our things."
There was a heavy police presence at the Lido hotel in Beijing on Friday, with dozens of uniformed officers inside.
The airline announced late on Thursday that it was ending all hotel accommodation for passengers' relatives by next Wednesday.
The carrier has provided the service in a number of countries – most of them in Malaysia and China – where relatives also received periodic updates on the situation following the flight's mysterious disappearance on 8 March.
In the statement, however, the airline said it was advising families "to receive information updates on the progress of the search and investigation and other support by Malaysia Airlines within the comfort of their own homes".
It said it would be closing all of its family assistance centres by 7 May.
It was unclear why the relatives at the Lido were being asked to leave earlier than 7 May. The airline did not immediately respond on Friday to a request for comment.
Relatives' tempers have repeatedly flared throughout the ordeal of the missing plane, particularly at the Lido, where Chinese families have regularly lashed out at officials from the Malaysian government and the airline over their inability to explain the disappearance.
"We're helpless," said Wen Wancheng, whose son was on the flight. "We have no options now, and we're informed to pack up and check out. I'm packing already. I have to leave soon."
Wen said relatives at the Lido had been requested to leave by 6pm on Friday, though a committee of them was appealing against the move, meaning it was "not certain" he would leave.
Wang said negotiations were ongoing, but that a protest or group action was unlikely, adding that families would probably leave individually rather than as a group.