FILE PHOTO: Legal professionals attend the judges’ inspection of the reconstruction of the MH17 wreckage, as a part of the homicide trial forward of the start of a important stage, in Reijen, Netherlands, Might 26, 2021. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/Pool
June 4, 2021
By Stephanie van den Berg
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -Households of people that died within the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airways flight MH17 stated they had been making ready to listen to painful particulars when a important stage of a trial over the crash begins on Monday.
MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by a missile fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels throughout combating with Ukrainian authorities troops, worldwide investigators say.
All 298 folks on board had been killed, two-thirds of them Dutch nationals.
Dutch judges overseeing the homicide trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian man accused of getting duty for the downing will summarise proof on the listening to in a high-security courtroom subsequent to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
“On the one hand we need to know precisely what occurred, why it occurred and who was accountable, however the value you pay for that’s that there’s additionally info launched that could possibly be surprising,” Piet Ploeg, a spokesman for the relations, stated.
“Finally that ought to result in getting justice and justice contains at the least that now we have an unbiased courtroom rule on who was accountable,” he informed Reuters. Ploeg misplaced his brother, sister-in-law and nephew within the crash.
After years of gathering proof, a crew of worldwide investigators concluded in Might 2018 that the missile launcher used to shoot down the plane belonged to Russia’s 53rd Anti-Plane Missile Brigade.
The Dutch authorities holds Moscow accountable. Russia denies any involvement.
Prosecutors, who say the 4 defendants all held main positions in pro-Russian militias working in Ukraine, will current proof and will name witnesses, courtroom officers stated.
Not one of the defendants are in custody. One, Russian Oleg Pulatov, is represented within the proceedings and has stated he had no involvement within the crash.
The opposite three are being tried in absentia and haven’t appointed legal professionals to signify them.
Prosecutors say the investigation into MH17 remains to be ongoing and they’re taking a look at different attainable suspects, together with the individuals who manned the missile system and ordered its firing.
After the prosecution presents its view on the judges’ abstract of the case file on June 17 and 18, the defence may have a possibility to reply.
No date has but been set for closing arguments, however the courtroom stated that victims’ households might handle the judges immediately in regards to the affect of the crash on their lives in hearings in September.
(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Modifying by Anthony Deutsch and Andrew Heavens)