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MH17 case: Dutch court rejects lawyers' request to consider alternative versions

Source : 112 Ukraine

Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said that the court would like to hear the suspect Pulatov in person, as well as interrogate other participants in the case
10:02, 26 November 2020

Reuters

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. This was reported by Reuters.

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. All of them have never cooperated with the court.

Related: One of accused in MH17 case plans to prove his innocence in court

The court also called for a new questioning of witnesses, the hearing of the case will resume on Feb 1, 2021.

As we reported earlier, the plane was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014.

The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of the Donetsk region, not far from Snizhne town.

All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims, 196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of another nine countries as well.

Related: MH17: Dutch MFA summons Russian ambassador to explain Moscow's withdrawal from consultations

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