Judge Yolande Waynobel who is responsible for working with the media within the MH17 case does not rule out that new materials and new suspects may be involved in the process. Waynobel said this in an interview with Interfax.
"The prosecutor’s office has handed over a lot of materials to us. Now the matter is much larger than it was in November. The question is whether these materials are complete. On Monday, the judge will answer this question. If he considers that the file is finished, he can decide to look into the case. But this does not mean that new materials cannot be added to the file," - the judge noted.
According to her, both the prosecutor and the lawyers of the suspects can send additional documents.
The materials themselves will be considered when the case is at work, after the completion of the investigation.
In addition, prosecutors may decide that there is enough evidence to hold new suspects accountable. However, both the prosecutor and the court can decide whether to prosecute new suspects in the same case, or open a separate one.
It is known that 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.
As we reported before, 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.