MH17 case: Dutch Court to consider relatives of deceased

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court provided 10 days for hearings
11:52, 6 September 2021

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The court of the Netherlands will start to hear the relatives of the deceased of the passengers of the MH17 flight on September 6 as Ukrinform reported.

“On September 6, at 10:00 at local time, another court session on MH17 case will take place at Schiphol, the Netherlands,” the message says.

It is expected that it would emotional hearings. Over 90 relatives of the victims from the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Canada will participate in them.

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The court provided 10 days for hearings.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in the skies over Donbas on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board - 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They all died. This disaster, in terms of the number of deaths, became the largest in the history of civilian aviation since September 11, 2001. At that time, the area where the plane crashed was controlled by pro-Russian militants.

On June 7, 2021, the Hague court began hearings on the merits of the case of the Malaysian plane MH17 downing over Donbas.

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On June 8, as the Dutch court keeps looking into the MH17 case, the jury received pieces of evidence that confirm that the civilian airplane was shot by the missile. In turn, that projectile was fired from the launch site located in the militant-controlled part of Donbas.

There are four defendants in this case: Igor Girkin, former Russian military officer and ex-Defense Minister of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic"; Major General Sergei Dubinsky; Colonel Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatov is the only one who cooperates with the court; a group of lawyers represents his interests.

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