Netherlands ends trial in MH17 case
At the Schiphol court in the Netherlands, the fifth trial in the MH17 case is closed.
According to a Ukrinform correspondent in The Hague, Dutch prosecutors today presented their position and gave details of the investigation.
Prosecutors noted that all possible versions of the destruction of flight aircraft MH17 had been dealt with.
In particular, the fighter plane version of the plane was considered, but speaking of radar data at the time of the 2014 plane crash, which the Russian Federation notably provided to the international investigation , the prosecutor noted that at that time, no fighter aircraft had been observed in this area.
In addition, the nature of the damage to the MH17 and the elements found which have a special shape crush the version of the explosion on board.
Instead, butterfly-shaped elements were found, indicating that the Boeing was hit precisely by a Buk missile.
Prosecutors therefore turned to a detailed examination of the documents which indicate that the flight aircraft MH17 destroyed the Buk. In particular, photos and video evidence were presented on which the transport of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system was recorded.
The courtroom was occupied by judges, Dutch prosecutors who were behind a transparent partition. In front of them, the lawyers and relatives of the deceased are seated at a distance of 1.5 meters from each other.
Also present are lawyers for one of the suspects – Lt. Col. Oleg Pulatov. His interests are represented by the lawyers Sabine ten Dusshate and Baudewein van Eyck of the Dutch law firm Sjöcrona Van Stigt.
The next hearing will take place on June 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
The court hearings on this matter are scheduled to take place from June 8 to July 3, but it is possible that due to the coronavirus, the hearings may be postponed or canceled.
As reported by Ukrinform, the district court in The Hague began in March to examine the case of the crash of an MH17 flight.
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The Malaysian Airlines passenger Boeing-777, which flew MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over the occupied Donbass on July 17, 2014. On board the ship were 283 passengers and 15 crew members , all dead.
On June 19, 2019, the International Joint Investigative Group named the names of four suspects believed to be involved in the transportation and combat use of Buka. This is a former FSB officer, the so-called former defense minister of the MNR Igor Girkin (Strelkov), general, and while the plane was shot down, Colonel GRU of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, head of the DNR GRU Sergey Dubinsky, lieutenant-colonel of the special forces GRU Oleg Pulatov (all – citizens of the Russian Federation), a Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko, who fought alongside the “DPR”.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru