Trial in MH17 case will not be postponed due to pandemic

Source : 112 Ukraine

It will be held tomorrow, March 23
21:35, 22 March 2020
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The court hearing on the case of the downed Boeing MH17 will not be postponed, despite the coronavirus pandemic. It will take place on March 23 in The Hague (Netherlands). This was reported by the Ukrinform correspondent in the Hague.

"On March 23, 2020, at 10:00, hearings on the MH17 case will take place without the presence of the public and the press. Everyone will be able to follow the trial live," the court said in a statement.

It is also reported that due to the situation with coronavirus, only one Dutch prosecutor will be present at the trial instead of three of them.

It will be unknown whether the defense of one of the suspects, Lieutenant Colonel of the GRU of the Russian Federation Oleg Pulatov, who has expressed a desire to participate in the trial in the MH17 case, will be present.

The international investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing flight MH17 in Donbas did not exclude that the militants tried to shoot down Ukrainian military aircraft. Prosecutor Ward Ferdinandusse stated this, as the correspondent of RBC-Ukraine reported.

According to him, an attack on a civilian airliner could be a mistake. The investigation does not exclude that the militants in Donbas tried to bring down an aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force. At the same time, Ferdinandusse stresses that attacking a military aircraft is also a criminal offense.

In addition, the investigation does not see extenuating circumstances due to active hostilities in July 2014. The prosecutor noted that such rules in some cases only apply to the military, which acts on behalf of states that respect military law.

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