Families of MH17 victims turn to ECHR with lawsuit against Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The lawsuit was filed by the families of 55 victims who died in the catastrophe
17:31, 24 November 2018


The relatives of 55 victims of the MH17 crash filed a lawsuit against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). It is reported by Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS).

The lawyer of the deceased relatives noted that the applicants had accused the Russian authorities of violating their fundamental rights by knocking down Boeing and obstructing an independent investigation. It is noted that Russia did not convey important information to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). Moreover, it provided the facts, which then proved to be untrue.

It is reported that this is not the first complaint of relatives of the victims of the crash, which was sent to the ECHR. In 2016, a lawsuit in the amount of $ 330 million was filed by 33 applicants from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. In 2017, another 238 people joined the lawsuit.

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As is known, the Boeing-777 of Malaysia Airlines, following the flight Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was shot down in the skies over the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. 298 people were on board, they all died.

The JIT group (Joint Investigation Team), which includes prosecutors and representatives of other law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Malaysia, as well as representatives of Eurojust, concluded that the MH17 flight aircraft was hit by a 9M38 missile launched by from a self-propelled fire installation BUK-TELAR from an agricultural field near the village of Pervomayske. The area at that time was under the control of pro-Russian separatists.

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