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ECHR refuses to consider complaint of MH17 main suspect Tsemakh

Source : 112 Ukraine

He wanted to avoid the extradition to the Netherlands, supposedly due to the violations of the terms of detention and arrest
16:52, 30 January 2020

Volodymyr Tsemakh
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The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the complaint of Volodymyr Tsemakh, the suspect in MH17 case, and refused in the ban of his extradition to the Netherlands as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing lawyer of detainee Anatoly Kucherena.

“We are disappointed with the ECHR decision to reject our request for the approval of interim measure, which would allow to ban the extradition of Tsemakh to the Netherlands,” Kucherena said.

Besides, he added that despite such a decision of the Strasbourg court, he will continue to look for other ways to prevent the extradition.

“The statement of the ECHR that the replies to all requests were filed to my address is weird. I did not get anything from the ECHR; it is unknown where they filed them,” the lawyer reported.

Related: Russian TV channel admits it was wrong to blame Ukrainian fighter jet with downing flight MH17

Earlier, Militant Volodymyr Tsemakh, the suspect in the case of MH17 downing, filed the complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against Ukraine and the Netherlands.

Earlier, Tsemakh’s daughter published a photo with her father writing that they were returning to occupied Donbas.

As was reported, Australia and the Netherlands expressed disappointed with Ukraine’s decision to extradite the MH17 case witness Tsemakh to Russia.

Volodymyr Tsemakh, the key witness in the MH17 crash case in Donbas was transferred to Russia within the prisoners’ exchange on September 7.

Related: MEPs urge Russia to follow Iran's lead, recognize guilt in downing MH17

Previously, Ukrainian and Dutch authorities confirmed that Tsemakh was interviewed by investigators from the State Prosecutor's Office of the Netherlands before he left Ukraine and went to Russia; this is due to the exchange of prisoners that took place on September 7. Ukraine and Russia conducted the "35 for 35" exchange. 

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. He was detained during the crossing of the border with Russian controlled by Ukraine.

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 the 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.

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