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MH17 case: 40 MEPs appeals to Zelensky not to extradite suspect Tsemakh to Russia

Request of Russia on the extradition of Volodymyr Tsemakh shows that the Russian government wants to prevent the appearance of this suspect in the court
09:03, 5 September 2019

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At the initiative of Dutch MEP Kati Piri, 40 European politicians signed the appeal to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky with the request not to extradite suspect in MH17 case Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia, as Piri’s website reported.

“Ukrainian suspect Tsemakh may avoid the prosecution from the International Joint Investigation Team, which investigates the downing of Malaysian MH17,” the message said.

The MEPs noted that all states, which may contribute to the prosecution of the people guilty in the downing of MH17, are also responsible in this issue.

“It is a weird request of Russia on the extradition of the Ukrainian citizen… it shows that the Russian government wants to prevent the appearance of this suspect in the court. The European Parliament has been always supporting the Joint Investigation Team. So, it is important to grant the justice for victims and relatives of the crash’s victims when this suspect will be listened to,” Piri said.

Related: Russia claims secret consultations with the Netherlands within MH17 case

On September 3, the court extended the arrest of Tsemakh, as his lawyer Roman Hontarev reported.

Later the Netherlands appealed to Ukraine with a request to prevent the extradition of suspect in MH17 case investigation Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia.

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.

It was reported that Tsemakh knew the commanders of the militants, details of the operations and transportation of the weapons. He also might become the key witness in the trial in the Netherlands.

Related: Ukraine passes materials on MH17 tragedy to 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 would press charges on MH17 crash in Donbas in June 2014, against Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Serhiy Dubynsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko.

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