Flight MH17 crash: Dutch court to deliver verdict on November 17

ÉCrash of flight MH17 : Dutch justice will deliver its verdict on November 17

The trial of the four people accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014 began in March 2020. The Dutch court will deliver its verdict on November 17 (Archives).

Dutch justice will deliver its verdict on November 17 in the trial of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was flying over eastern Ukraine in 2014, announced on Monday the court in The Hague.

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine, killing of 298 people.

An international team of investigators says the aircraft was shot down over the conflict zone with pro-Russian separatists by a missile carried from a Russian military base, presumably to fight Ukrainian forces. Moscow has always denied any involvement.

The trial, which started in March 2020, was held under tight security in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam, as the Boeing 777 was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and most of the victims are Dutch.

Judges have chosen November 17, 2022 […] in the MH17 criminal trial, the court said in a statement.

The decision will take part of the day and will probably take place in the afternoon.

Three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinski and Oleg Pulatov, and a Ukrainian, Leonid Kharchenko, all top brass of the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, are accused of shooting down flight MH17 with a surface-to-air missile.

Igor Girkin, known by his pseudonym Strelkov, is the most high-profile suspect: he is a former Russian spy who was active in the early of the conflict in Ukraine in 2014, and who spoke about the current war.

Prosecutors in December sought life sentences for the four men charged, saying they played a pivotal role in securing the Buk missile system, which was likely intended to shoot down a plane of war.

The four defendants, who claim their innocence, refused to appear and were tried in absentia. Only Mr. Pulatov had legal representation.

For his advice, the judges did not demonstrate that a BUK missile, supplied by Russia , had shot down the Boeing 777 airliner, believing there were gaps in the case.

They felt that prosecutors could not prove their theory based on phone conversations, images and witness statements that it was indeed the missile that caused the crash of MH17.

They thus argued for the #x27;acquittal of their client.

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