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.
No Muslim, Atheist or gay pilots.
Maybe we should infiltrate their country and get 3/4 of their population hooked on opium!
Someone's going to dump his plane to prove he's in league with a gay activist?
I think that would NOT be a pro-gay statement.
Nor would it win many gay followers.
You no like the gays, I show YOU!
Agreeing, agreeing. The political rulings in Malaysia over the last week aside, this operation didn’t pop up over a few days time. Pilot a family man and good neighbor. Co a “good boy and Muslim.” Seemingly, the plot needed some help in the passenger cabin. What ties it all together in such a neat, efficient, and, effective knot?
I can imagine a scenario, where some deranged person might kidnap a bunch of Chinese citizens and killing them in hope that it starts an international incident between China and Malaysia.
He has been charged with sodomy which is undoubtedly a trumped up, false charge. SE Asian politicians are even much more corrupt than western ones and there are no holds barred in getting and keeping political power.
Yes, folks, this was probably an act of *political* not religious, terrorism.
My new theory (tinfoilish) is that this whole thing was set up by the Powers That Be in order to deflect focus away from the most pressing issue now: Russia-Ukraine.
Plus there has been a lot of of general negative press re Obama lately: Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS, Poll numbers, then Putin. Just wouldn’t do to have all those headlines. And now we have to look hard for news on Ukraine, which only has the potential to start WWIII.
“I can imagine a scenario”
Why? China is an industrial and military giant when compared with Malaysia. Of all the villains China could find (Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philipines) Malaysia is nothing and nobody.
But let's believe them on this one. Got it.
Well, it is a mental illness.
I have to believe they’ve a pretty good idea that the plane went down if they’re moving forward with the “political terrorism” cover story.
I think you have it backwards. What this situation proves beyond doubt is that Muslims need a Govt program to provide them with flight simulators and Aircraft so that they don’t feel bad about themselves and have to steal them and kidnap people/kill people just to make a political point.
They feel disenfranchised and oppressed due to white christian privileged in the aviation sector. As such, we must pass laws to give Muslim pilots preference in hiring and add a fee to tickets for people flying with non-Muslim pilots.
“But let’s believe them on this one”
Are you being obtuse or just stupid?
You’ve bought into the corrupt politicians’ unbelievably convenient story in world record speed.
And you’re calling me stupid.
So after reading this blog, we can expect Anwar Ibrahim to be arrested and summarily dispatched as a plotter? case closed, nothing to see here folks... move along!
I still say, there is a birthday tribute to Osama somewhere in this mix. HIs birthday was 10 March!
The pilot was one of the very few people who had opportunity, now is this motive?
I’m not saying China is the one manipulating this. I’m just saying that’s not impossible for an individual to try and create an international incident.
Comments and info. gleaned by a friend who flew B-52's,:
777 takes almost an hour to glide from 35000 ft WITH BOTH ENGINES OUT
Boeing datalink monitors all 777's when they're in flight. AA pilots have received calls in flight from system monitoring advising a divert because an engine was starting to fail and they picked up the trends before it occurred.
Satellite communication is standard on a 777. I can pick up the mic and punch ONE button and talk to my operation center, 24-7, from anywhere on Earth
Malaysia and the rest of the world will FINALLY come to that conclusion at some point, but they'll soft-pedal the accusations so as not to offend the scum of the earth who does this crap all the time in the name of Allah. Spare me.
About the only way to get an airplane like that out of the sky without a clue is with a bomb. All the other hand wringing is wishful thinking. No one wants to own up to reality... it was Muslim terrorist(s). Indonesia is 80-90% Muslim. Gee, let me wish it was a Boeing airplane breaking up in cruise for no reason. Or please let it be a bad pilot. Or a suicide pilot... pleeeeze. ANYTHING but what we all know it is.
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I think that was sarcasm...anyway...what about the Kiwi guy on the oil platform who saw a plane on fire at altitiude. Is he chopped liver?
The pilot had a plan for revenge. He initiated the plan, then got cold feet, set the plane on auto-pilot and killed himself (hypoxia). The plane ran out of fuel over the Indian Ocean and crashed.
If Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is a follower of a proponent of democracy, freedom, governance and the need for accountability I dont see such a man finding high jacking a passenger jet full of civilians as furthering these ideals.
But he is a Muslim and that could change his ideals drastically.
There’s a lot of conflicting information, isn’t there, and all the theories are just speculation at this point.
All I’m saying is that if it was an act of terrorism, religious motivation doesn’t add up - political, does. It’s not impossible of course, but particularly with it being an Malaysian flight with primarily Chinese occupants, it’s an awful stretch.
Malaysia does not have serious conflicts with any other country right now. Malaysia is not Pakistan, nor Indonesia. As as source of muslim terrorism, the UK is probably a more likely one than Malaysia except against Israel which they detest.
I can a see a terrorist doing doing this to bring attention to the situation with Anwar, and embarrass and discredit the Malaysian govt. It’s the most obvious explanation if it is indeed terrorism. Of course it might still not be the correct one.
...and not just heist of the plane.
i was assuming he killed them when he flew above 13,700m...
Those atheist pilots are a real problem.
So sad too many here jump to conclusions without at least trying to understand the facts involved.
Malaysia has had single party rule for many many years. In 2008, an opposition party came as close as ever to defeat the ruling party. Anwar Ibrahim was charged in 2008 for molesting a male campaign worker. It was believed then as now, the charges were trumped up in order to defeat the opposition party. It worked
Anwar was found guilty but on appeal, the conviction was overturned. Then recently the ruling party once again was almost defeated, again led by Anwar.
The ruling party brought the same charges of 2008 again, and the courts found him guilty and sentenced to 5 years for a questionable charge in 2008 and a charge that the courts overturned and threw the charges out.
Now if you really support freedom and peoples rights you might consider the facts a little bit more.i have no idea if he is guilty or not, but certainly it all bullcrap. A government with a boot on its peoples neck. Yeah, kinda like whats happening in the good ole USA.
Your scenario is quite convincing. Captain Zaharie,with his supreme knowledge of the Triple7 thru actual flight time and uncountable hours on his personal simulator, is the most obvious perp in this case.Why would he do it?
Seems like a combination of three things may have caused him to snap:
1; One day before Flight 370, Zaharie was in the courtroom and witnessed the overturn of a succesful Appeal by his political hero,Anwar Bin Ibrahim, for(allegedly trumped-up)charges of sodomy. Zaharie was outraged when he witnessed the Malaysian government-controlled High Court sentence Anwar to 5 years in prison.
2; His domestic problems came to a boil with wife leaving Zaharie's house with his 3 kids
3; The approaching bankruptcy and closing down of Malaysian Airlines has been zinging around in his head for some time.
Difficult to say just what Captain Zaharie had in mind when he took that outbound left turn, but suicide was not his intention--he rages to humiliate the present Government of Malaysia for ripping Anwar Bin Ibrahim off the political chessboard.
And, by God, it's working!