As trial in the MH17 case carries on, the council chamber of the District Court of The Hague ruled that the judges in this case will have the right to consider anonymous testimony from 12 witnesses. AP wrote that in a story on April 23.
According to the news agency, the Dutch judicial authority "made the ruling Thursday in an appeal lodged by lawyers for one of the suspects, Russian Oleg Pulatov, who along with the other three suspects hasn’t appeared for trial". The defendant claims he is innocent and hired a team of lawyers to help him while standing before trial.
"The council chamber is made up of different judges to those who are involved in the trial. Prosecutors said in a statement they were “satisfied that the chamber acknowledged that in this case extraordinary measures are necessary, considering the enormous safety risks for witnesses,” reads the article.
As is known, the MH17 tragedy took place on July 17, 2014, as the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines was downed by an anti-aircraft missile. THe attack took place not far from Snizhne, in the occupied part of Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. None of 298 people aboard survived the tragedy. The international investigation team came to conclusion that the airplane was shot from Buk, the Russian-made anti-aircraft missile launcher brought to the occupied Donbas from the territory of the Russian Federation.