Lawyers predict MH 17 trial will last for 4-5 years

Source : 112 Ukraine

Relatives of the victims suspect it could take even longer
09:20, 8 March 2020

112 Agency

According to lawyers, the trial of four suspects in the case of the crash of the Malaysian airliner MH17 will take four or five years. Pete Plug, the head of the MH17 Disaster Foundation that unites the relatives of the victims stated this, as Yevropeiska Pravda reports.

"Lawyers expect this to take 4-5 years from Monday until we have a decision in this court," Plug said.

He himself predicts that all trials will take 10-15 years; if investigators prove the guilt of the accused, they can appeal to the European Court for Human Rights.

Anton Kotte, who is also a member of the MH17 Disaster Foundation expects that after the upcoming trial there will be another that will prove the involvement of representatives of the Russian leadership in the disaster.

“But in order to get to the highest solution, you have to go through this process,” Kotte explained.

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Representatives of the prosecutor's office and the court refrain from any forecasts regarding the duration of the trial.

The first court hearing in the case of the Netherlands against three Russian suspects and one Ukrainian is scheduled for March 9. Four persons involved in the case may be convicted in absentia in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands.

Russia does not extradite its citizens, therefore, none of the suspects will appear before the court of the Netherlands. However, a Dutch law firm said that one of the Russian suspects in the case asked that his interests be represented in the trial.

The Netherlands is investigating the crash of flight MH17 on July 17, 2014, which killed all 298 people. Two thirds of the passengers were Dutch. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777, flying on the MH17 flight from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), flew over the territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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Investigators say the rocket that hit the liner was fired from a launcher delivered across the border from a Russian military base in Kursk. Moscow denies the allegations.

As we reported before, The German government considers "very serious" new accusations against Moscow brought on the eve by the Joint investigation team (JIT). The corresponding statement was made by German Federal Foreign Office spokesperson, Maria Adeba

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