Court hearing of MH17 case begins in Netherlands

Source : 112 Ukraine

Relatives of the victims continue their speeches in court
15:22, 21 September 2021

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A regular court hearing in the MH17 case has begun in the Netherlands. This was reported by Ukrinform.

Relatives of the victims of the MH17 flight continue their speeches in court.

“His things were taken for DNA analysis. I couldn't believe that Marco, my husband, was no more. My life turned into horror, I couldn't live in peace,” said a woman from Australia who lost her husband.

She also said that her husband was identified only in December 2014, one of the last.

“I am still horrified by the very thought that his body was torn to pieces. Then he was put in a bag and sent for examination. I am very grateful to these people for their work,” the woman shared.

Related: MH17 case: All pieces of evidence demonstrated

As it was reported earlier, a Boeing-777 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was shot down in the sky over the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board, all of whom died.

On October 13, 2015, the Security Council of the Netherlands published a report on the causes of this catastrophe. It is established that the plane was shot down by the Buk anti-aircraft missile system.

In the summer of 2018, the Dutch government absolved Ukraine of responsibility for the MH17 crash.

The prosecutor in the court hearings in the case of MH17 said that three Russian citizens - Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov - and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko are accused of playing a leading, organizational and supporting role in the deployment of SAM "Buk" from which a Malaysian plane was shot down.

Judge Hendrik Steinhaus, who is presiding over the MH17 crash trial, predicts that the verdict will be handed down in late 2022.

Related: MH17 case: Dutch Court to consider relatives of deceased

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