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Perpetrators in MH17 disaster to be judged in absentia, - Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry
09:47, 26 July 2017
Perpetrators in MH17 disaster to be judged in absentia, - Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry

The Dutch side currently submits necessary changes to the national law

09:47, 26 July 2017

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The Dutch court, which is to judge the perpetrators of the MH17 tragedy, is going to use the in absentia procedure. Olena Zerkal, the deputy foreign minister of Ukraine told that Hromadske.tv in an interview.  

‘The Dutch are very cautious about this whole in absentia procedure; we cannot pass them our citizens for good. We can only pass them to the court for the period of trial or provide video connection with them. It’s going to be a challenge for both Ukrainian and Dutch judicial systems,’ she said.

According to the Ukrainian official, the Dutch side currently submits necessary changes to the national law to make the in absentia procedure work.

The MH17 tragic incident took place in the skies over the militant-occupied area of Donbas, eastern Ukraine; the civilian aircraft, Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when an anti-aircraft missile hit the plane, killing everyone aboard. 298 people – passengers and crew members – lost their lives in the explosion. The Dutch investigation group found out that the missile was launched from Russian-made Buk, the anti-aircraft defense weapon employed by the Russia-sponsored mercenaries. The missile launcher was brought to the occupied area of Donetsk region from Russia; it crossed the militant-held section of Ukraine-Russia border. The experts found out that the missile was launched not far from the occupied Snizhne, Donetsk region.

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