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New defendants may appear in MH17 case, - Bellingcat founder

Higgins suggests that new defendants may appear before trial in March 2020
15:30, 31 October 2019

Berkeley Law

New defendants may appear before the trial on the MH17 disaster in Donbas, which will take place in March 2020. This was stated by British journalist and founder of Bellingcat research group Eliot Higgins in an interview with Ukrinform.

"I do not know about witnesses and other similar details, but perhaps more people will be convicted before the trial begins in March 2020. It will be a long process, I expect the first hearing to be rather administrative, and the actual trial will start later," he said.

Related: Netherlands appeal to Russian Prosecutor's Office on MH17 witness Tsemakh questioning

Bellingcat is an online publication founded on July 15, 2014, by British journalist and blogger Eliot Higgins.

According to the creators of the site, Bellingcat publishes the results of journalistic investigations into war zones using an open-source data analysis method.

As we reported earlier, Foreign Ministry of Russia thinks that the Joint Investigation Group (JIT) announced absolutely bare accusations of the Russians in the MH17 crash in Donbas, in 2014 as the ministry reported.

It is noted that the JIT statements “aim to discredit the Russian Federation before the international society”.

The statement underlined that the investigators did not provide “any particular evidence” and ignored information provided by Russia.

Related: European Council urges all states to cooperate in MH17 crash investigation

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