Skip to comments.Did pilot hijack MH370 as political protest against Anwar’s latest jail term?
Posted on 03/15/2014 8:48:20 PM PDT by Geosmth
With the authorities settling on what amounts to air piracy, the Daily Mail is reporting a theory that the pilot of MH370 may have hijacked the plane as a political protest against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's latest sodomy conviction.
The British tabloid revealed that hours before he took command of the Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRO) bound for Beijing last Saturday, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone to court on March 7 for the trial and sentencing of Anwar in the sodomy case.
The opposition leader was jailed for five years by the Court of Appeal which had overturned his High Court acquittal for sodomising a former aide in 2008.
The newspaper said police sources confirmed that the 53-year-old captain was a vocal political activist, and were probing into the probability that he would have been profoundly upset by the court ruling.
Yesterday, police searched the veteran pilot's home in Shah Alam, where he keeps a home-made flight simulator.
The Daily Mail added, however, that investigators had already spent much of last week examining two laptops removed from Zaharies home, where one of it is believed to contain data from the simulator.
The report also said despite a series of denials by officials that Zaharie's home was searched, two laptops were taken from his home during low-key visits by police early last week.
His personal laptop was not found, however, and thought to be with him in the cockpit, the Daily Mail reported.
According to Zaharie's co-workers, he was a social activist with fervent support for Anwar and with strong political beliefs, with one colleague saying that the veteran pilot was obsessed with politics.
Zaharie was flying the MH370 alongside co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, from whom investigators have been keen to deflect suspicion, the Daily Mail reported.
Investigators told the British newspaper that they were looking into the theory that Zaharie's political views may have been a factor to consider in the controversy surrounding the missing plane with 239 people onboard.
There are huge sensitivities surrounding this but we cannot afford not to pursue any angle brought to our attention," Daily Mail reported, quoting investigators.
Zaharie is believed to be separated or divorced from his wife although they share the same house, the report said.
The report further stated that the raid on Zaharie's home appeared to be stage-managed as a display of intent after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at a specially called press conference yesterday that the focus of the investigation was now on crew and passengers as a result of the latest leads.
Stopping short of calling it a hijacking, Najib said yesterday that flight MH370's unusual deviation westwards was consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane.
Western media outlets have quoted American intelligence officials as saying that the jet was flown by an expert after it vanished from radar screens early March 8, 2014, while en route to Beijing.
This has led investigators to vet through all 239 passengers and crew members of the carrier in the hopes of finding facts to counter such attacks.
The Daily Mail report also said that the fact that jet climbed to 13,700m, which is above the service limit, could have been a deliberate attempt to knock out the passengers and crew. March 16, 2014.
Truth is stranger than fiction, sounds possible.
I don’t think so!
So this is all payback for jailing his homo buddy..and do what with the plane exactly, you really can’t make up this stuff how insane this all has been
This was a well-planned out heist that took planning, timing and more than just a pilot or two.
According to wiki: Dato’ Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim (born 10 August 1947) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Leader of Opposition of Malaysia (Pakatan Rakyat), economic advisor to the state government of Selangor and de facto leader of PKR (KeADILan). He served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1993 to 1998 and Finance Minister from 1991 to 1998 when he was in UMNO, a major party in ruling Barisan Nasional coaltion. He is an internationally renowned speaker on the subjects of democracy, freedom, governance, Islam and the need for accountability.
So you are saying make it an act of political defiance... not muslims vs. the west?
Who was the FReeper that called this one? I owe him an apology for calling his hijacked diverted plane scenario whacky. Whoever it was called it before the suggestion went out in the media.
Convenient way for the Malaysians to marginalize the opposition even more. It’s Oklahoma City-esque.
And it protects Islam, so we’ll certainly be on board with it.
I think we have our cover story. Print it!
Now if there's a phone call where the pilot says "release Anwar or else" then maybe I'll bite.
This is possible, but where is the plane..did he crash it into the Indian Ocean, or did he take it somewhere holding hostages til he gets what he wants..and why no demands, no one has heard from either of the pilots or anyone else on board since the plane disappeared
Can we all agree that muslims should not be pilots? Meet me have way then, can we agree that muslim pilots should absolutely not have flight simulators in their homes?
Just another way to throw people off from the trail.
I suppose China is satisfied attention is being diverted away from them.maybe we should put them under the microscope for awhile.
Generally folks committing acts of terror are making a statement. This makes little sense if it remains a mystery.
This sounds too much like Clinton’s attempt to link the GOP to the Oklahoma City bombing. The government is trying to divert attention from what the media has framed (unfairly) as its incompetent handling of the incident. I guess Malaysian pols figure - if you’re getting smeared, why not share the wealth with the opposition?
You have that right.