The Public Prosecution Office of the Netherlands appealed to Ukraine with a request to prevent the extradition of suspect in MH17 case investigation Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia, as Handesblad reported.
According to chief investigator of the Joint Investigation Team Fred Westerbeke, it is important that Donbas militants' commander Tsemakh should remain available for questioning.
According to Handesblad, the investigator of the MH17 case sent the letter to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine last Friday. He reported in the letter that on the basis of the recent information, the Netherlands considers Tsemakh as a suspect. The investigator noted that he cannot share information, which lies on the basis of this status, with the Ukrainian colleagues yet.
On September 3, the court extended the arrest of Tsemakh as his lawyer Roman Hontarev reported.
On July 17, 2019, the Security Service of Ukraine stated that it detained Volodymyr Tsemakh, the ex-militant of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) involved in the transportation of Buk missile system, which downed MH17. It is noted that he was detained during the crossing of the border with Russian controlled by Ukraine.
It was reported that Tsemakh knew the commanders of the militants, details of the operations and transportation of the weapons. He also may become the key witness in the trial in the Netherlands.
Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17 was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims (196) were Dutch, but there were citizens of another nine countries as well.
The governments of Australia and the Netherlands officially accused Russia of being behind the disaster.
Earlier, it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands will press charges on MH17 crash in Donbas in June 2014, against Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Serhiy Dubynsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko.