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U.S. Department of State confident of Dutch justice to punish perpetrators of MH17 accident

Source : 112 Ukraine

The US calls on all states to fully cooperate with the investigation into the Malaysian Boeing 777 downing
09:54, 9 March 2020

Mike Pompeo
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The U.S. Department of State has expressed confidence in the Dutch legal system in punishing those responsible for the crash of the Malaysian Boeing 777, shot down over Donbas in 2014. The corresponding message was released by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Twitter.

Those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that tragically claimed 298 innocent lives must be held accountable. The U.S. has confidence in the Dutch legal system and calls on all States to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation into this tragedy,” said Pompeo.

The first court hearing against four suspects will take place on March 9 in the Schiphol complex. The trial will take place in the Netherlands because the majority of the victims of the catastrophe were from this country.

Related: MH17 probe court hearings kick-off: all you need to know

In connection with the start of MH17 case criminal proceedings on March 9, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne called on the Russian Federation to cooperate with the investigation. This was reported by the press service of the Canadian Foreign Ministry.

"We continue to call on all states, including Russia, to cooperate fully with the Joint Investigation Team’s [JIT’s] ongoing criminal investigation, consistent with the call for accountability and cooperation unanimously adopted in UN Security Council Resolution 2166," Champagne said.

He welcomed the start of a criminal trial of four suspects accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight on July 17, 2014.

Champagne is confident in the independence and professionalism of the international investigation and the legal system of the Netherlands.

Related: MH17 case: International Joint Investigation Team holds first session

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