"The topics to be addressed there include how this additional investigation is progressing and the status of damage claims submitted by the relatives and the application by the Public Prosecution Service to inspect the reconstruction of the MH17", reads the message.
The Court also announced that further hearings will be conducted in April and June. During the spring hearing, the court will decide whether the inspection of the MH17 reconstruction will take place. The possible approximate period of time for this reconstruction would be May 2021.
"If the investigation by the examining magistrate proceeds as expected, the court will start the hearing on the merits in the MH17 criminal trial on Monday 7 June 2021", the message concludes.
On Wednesday, November 25, a Dutch court hearing the case in the 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine rejected the defense's request for additional time to investigate alternative explanations for the tragedy. Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said that the defense had not provided a clear alternative scenario to investigate. It was also stated that the court would like to hear the suspect Pulatov in person, as well as interrogate other participants in the case - Russians Sergey Dubinsky and Igor Girkin, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. None of them have ever cooperated with the court. The court also called for a new questioning of witnesses.