On Friday, the court granted the petition of the lawyers of one of the suspects, Russian Oleg Pulatov, for investigating judges to take more witnesses to examine other possible scenarios of the disaster. These include the theory that a civilian aircraft was hit by mistake or that it was used as a shield for a military aircraft.
Dutch prosecutors say the MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was deliberately shot down by an anti-aircraft missile launched by pro-Russian forces in Ukraine. They received a missile launcher from a Russian army base.
The trial was adjourned until August 31 to give investigating judges time to question additional witnesses and to meet with the defense of Pulatov.
His lawyers say they were unable to meet with him personally and share the details of the investigation, because the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic make it impossible to travel to Russia, where he lives.
As we reported before, Dutch prosecutors have recorded new telephone conversations proving that the Boeing-777, flying to Kuala Lumpur marked MH17 flight, was shot down over Donbas in 2014 from the Buk missile system.