Spot the difference … Pouria Nour Mohammad, using an Austrian passport, and Seyed Mohammed Reza Delavar, using an Italian passport both appear to have the same lower body. Source: Getty Images
Malaysian authorities have stated that the Iranian pair were illegal immigrants who were on their way to Europe via Beijing.
The photos released by Malaysian authorities appear been intentionally altered with the use of Photoshop or smiliar. But police spokeswoman Asmawati Ahmad revealed the odd appearance of the photos stemmed from a police staff member placing one on top of the other when photocopying them. “It was not done with malice or to mislead,” she said.
Then what was it done for? This is a serious incident, the loss of a plane with 239 persons on board, and Malaysian police can’t even manage something as basic as to release the correct photos of the passengers carrying stolen passports to the media. In this electronic age, why are they “photocopying” the photos? Something is not right here! A simple photocopy error? No! The legs are too well lined up to be a simple error!
Who is in charge? These seems to be an ever increasing number of conflicting statements released by the airline, the government, the military and the police.
What is required here is one central emergency control centre where ALL information is released to the media after being thoroughly examined, so as to prevent these blunders from occurring.
The families who have lost loved ones on this flight have earned that right and deserve better.