None of the suspects appeared at trial in case MH17

Source : 112 Ukraine

Case will be tried in absence of accused, who are represented in court by lawyers from Hague together with Russian lawyer
14:21, 8 June 2020

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None of the four suspects appeared at the second session of the trial in the case of a plane shot down flight МН17 over Donbass. This was announced by the presiding judge Hendrik Steinhuis, European Truth reports.

The status of the accused has three citizens of Russia: Sergey Dubinsky, Igor Girkin and Oleg Pulatov, as well as a citizen of Ukraine Leonid Kharchenko. They were also absent during the first meeting in March.

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Pulatov is represented in the process by a team of lawyers, two of them are at a meeting today. Due to the coronavirus, the number of people in the meeting room is limited - two representatives each from the defense and prosecution side.

The judge noted that the case will be tried in the absence of the accused, and all the data presented will relate to all four, unless otherwise indicated.

Note that the Russian military Pulatov, who in 2014 was one of the leaders of the intelligence of militants in the Donbass, is represented by the Hague company Sjöcrona van Stigt represented by the lawyers Bodevain van Eyck and Sabine ten Dushat. They will also be assisted by Russian lawyer Elena Kutina, but a Russian woman does not have the right to appear in court under Dutch law.

As we reported before, Leonid Kharchenko, the former serviceman of military reconnaissance of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) is now in custody in Donetsk city

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