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Ukraine authorized to execute MH17-related sentences, - Dutch Parliament

The Dutch MPs approved the respective agreement with Ukraine; the sentences' execution is possible in Ukraine unless the judged are handed over to the Dutch side
12:18, 13 June 2018

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The Dutch Parliament has approved the agreement with Ukraine, which foresees that sentences regarding the MH17 disaster in Donbas may be executed in Ukraine. According to Deutsche Welle, the guilty verdicts may be executed in Ukraine unless the judged individuals are handed over to the Netherlands.

'The approval of the agreement is an important step towards the search of the truth and brining the suspects to the court, which meets the requirements of the victims' families', Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said.

The agreement is also supposed to make the prosecution of the suspects easier, as it allows the use of video conference mode. 

The document also stipulates that the trial will be held in the Dutch court - most likely, in the Hague.

Related: MH17 tragedy: victims' relatives hold action near Russian Embassy in Hague

Previously, Ukraine filed the memorandum on the financing of the terrorism and racial discrimination by Russia, sending the document to the UN International Court of Justice. According to Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin, the document consists of more than 17,000 pages in 29 volumes. The total weight made almost 90 kilograms.

Ukraine sued Russia in the International Court of Justice in early 2017, demanding to stop the funding of Illegal armed formations in Donbas and to restore the activity of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea. The court found that there was not enough evidence of Russia’s funding of terrorism; however, it ruled that the Kremlin should stop the acts of discrimination of Crimean Tatars.

Related: Dutch government conceals any responsibility from Ukraine for MH17 crash

As is known, Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur, when it crashed in the militant-held area of Donetsk region in July 2014. The aircraft carried 298 people; no one survived. Experts found out that the passenger plane was shot down by a missile, fired from Buk, the Russia-made anti-aircraft missile launcher. The weapon was brought to Donbas by pro-Kremlin militants. Moscow has been denying any ties to the disaster.

As we reported the investigators from the Netherlands found another confirmation that MH17 plane was shot down from Russian 'Buk' missile system. Particularly, they got fingerprints from the ammunition.

Related: Dutch parliament supports decision on Russia's responsibility for MH17 plane crash

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