One of the accused in the MH17 plane crash case, Oleh Pulatov, plans to prove his innocence in court, but his lawyers advise him not to do this. This was stated by the defendant's lawyer Sabine ten Dusshate, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
The lawyer added that the defense was unable to meet with the accused due to the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus period.
“In Russia, we had an intense and useful communication with our client. This was the first time we could talk to him. As a result, we got a lot of additional information ... Our client told us that he was not involved in giving the order to transport and guard the Buk (anti-aircraft missile system from which the plane was shot down - IF), nor to shoot at MH17. He was not involved in this and does not know personally how and why MH17 was shot down. does not know what really happened," Ten Dusshate said.
She added that Pulatov saw the disaster, admits that he was involved in military operations in the Donbas.
"Pulatov wants to speak on these issues and wants to appear before this court, but we are against it. His photo was widely circulated, and it would be unsafe for him to appear here, also bearing in mind that there is an international request for his arrest," Ten Dusshate.
Lawyers also insist that the court allow one more month to send final requests for further investigation. They also need to get more information from the accused and his position.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in the skies over Donbas on July 17, 2014. Onboard there were 298 people - 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They all died. This disaster, in terms of the number of deaths, was the largest in the history of aviation since September 11, 2001. At that time, the area where the plane crashed was controlled by pro-Russian militants.