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PACE urges Russia to cooperate in MH17 case suspect Tsemakh interrogation

The head of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights noted that Tsemakh should remain accessible to the Dutch authorities conducting the investigation
12:36, 10 September 2019
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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe states that Russia is legally obligated to combat impunity and should ensure investigators' access to Volodymyr Tsemakh - the suspect in the MH17 case. The PACE press service reports this.

Thórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir, the head of the PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, noted that Tsemakh should remain accessible to the Dutch authorities conducting the investigation.

"The fact that Ukraine allowed Tsemakh to fly to Russia does not mean that he is no longer obliged to cooperate with the investigation of this terrible event. Russia is a member of the Council of Europe and in this status is legally obligated to fight impunity," Thórhildur said.

She also noted that in early October, the PACE committee will appoint a rapporteur, whose mandate will include assessing the progress made in the investigation of this tragedy and bringing those responsible to justice.
 
Related: Should Ukraine release MH17 case suspect Tsemakh?


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. It is noted that 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 may become the key witness in the trial in the 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 will 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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