Print Edition - 2017-07-06  |  World News Digest

Trials over flight MH17 to be held in Netherlands

- Agencies, AMSTERDAM

Jul 6, 2017-

Suspects in the downing of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014, in which all 298 people aboard were killed, will be tried in a Dutch court and under Dutch law, the Netherlands’ foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The move to choose the Netherlands was agreed to by the five countries which have been conducting a preliminary criminal investigation. Victims of the disaster, which occurred over territory held by pro-Russia separatists fighting Ukrainian government forces, came from 17 countries, and included 196 Dutch citizens. The Dutch Safety Board, which investigated the cause of the crash, concluded in October 2015 that the plane was shot down by a Russian-made ground-to-air rocket. Moscow, which denies any involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine, also denies one of its rockets could have been used against MH17. The decision follows attempts, blocked by Russia in 2015, to set up an international court over the incident. The extent to which Russia will cooperate with a Dutch court if prosecutors name Russian suspects or request information is not clear.

Published: 06-07-2017 09:38

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