While there's been no recent news about the March disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people on board, a top Indonesian police official says he knows what happened. But Malaysian officials and the Indonesian government have since denied his claims.
Kompas, the national newspaper in Indonesia, reported that Indonesia Police Chief General Sutarman — his first name missing from many news reports about him — said he spoke with Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar, who was inspector general of the Royal Malaysian Police for 20 years but retired in 1994. After speaking with Omar, Sutarman said he now knows what happened to the plane that disappeared without a trace when it went off radar on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing six months ago.
"I spoke with the Chief of Police of Malaysia, Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar, I know what really happened with the MH370," Sutarman apparently told Kompas Friday (via an unofficial translation).
Malaysia Airlines has been struck by two tragedies this year. MH370 went down without a trace in March, while MH17 was crashed in Ukraine in July, killing all passengers on board. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
He did not provide more information to reporters about what he supposedly knew.
"The Malaysian Police and I have known the truth, but I will not reveal it here," the general, according to the Malaysian magazine Tempo.
That said, Malaysian Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who has been more involved with reports involving MH370, told the Malaysian Chronicle he didn't know anything about the claims made by the Indonesian official.
According to the Malaysian Chronicle, both the Royal Malaysian Police and the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur denied the account that the newspaper reported from Gen. Sutarman.
"The reporter will be summoned by the Indonesian Police Chief to clarify the report. Action will be taken if he failed to show any proof," Aby Nursetyanto with the Indonesian embassy said, according to the newspaper.
(H/T: Daily Mail)