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MH17 case: Defense of Russian Pulatov doubts downing of plane by Buk missile complex

Source : 112 Ukraine

The investigators concentrated only the line with Buk; however, they never questioned the witnesses from the Ukrainian army or other people whether the plane was downed by the missile complex
16:20, 23 June 2020

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The defense of Russian Oleg Pulatov, the suspect in the involvement in the MH17 crash, doubted the inquiry line on downing of the plane from the Buk missile system. Dutch lawyer Baudevein van Eyck announced such a position within pretrial hearings on June 22 as Deutsche Welle reported.

“There were a number of obstacles, which made this investigation difficult. Almost four months there was no access to the crash site. It means that the evidence could be distorted or even tossed in,” the lawyer said.

According to him, a six-year-investigation of the Joint Investigation Group (JIT) with the representatives of the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia, Australia, and Ukraine was not successful.

Related: MH17 case: Dutch court to add Girkin's interview with Ukrainian reporter to case materials

Van Eyck doubts that the plane was downed by the Buk missile complex as the investigation considers. According to him, the investigators concentrated only on the line with Buk; however, they never questioned the witnesses from the Ukrainian army or other people whether the plane was downed by the missile complex.

The defense of Pulatov insists on the holding of further investigation.

As we reported, one of the prosecutors in the case of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing-777 (Flight MH17) stated about Russia's involvement in the armed conflict in Donbas. The status of the accused has three citizens of Russia: Sergey Dubinsky, Igor Girkin, and Oleg Pulatov, as well as a citizen of Ukraine, Leonid Kharchenko. They were also absent during the first meeting in March.

Related: MH17 case: Prosecution shows photos of Buk missile launcher being moved

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.

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