Prosecutor of Netherlands accuses Russia of MH17 downing

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Fred Westerbeke, he has eyewitnesses to the missile launch
08:43, 25 February 2020

The Netherlands prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said there were witnesses to testify that the rocket, which had struck the Boeing 777 Malaysian Airlines (MH17 flight) in 2014, had been launched by a Russian Armed Forces brigade. The head of the Netherlands' National Prosecutor's Office stated this on CBS News.

"I would say I have an eyewitness. And how many, I did not say how many," Westerbeke said.

According to him, there is no doubt the missile system came from the 53rd Brigade of the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

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The head of the Netherlands' National Prosecutor's Office also noted the absence of help on behalf of Russia in the investigation.

"Because what they should've done is give us all the information and all the proof we needed in this difficult investigation. They should have told us that on the second day after it happened, they should have told us, 'We made a mistake,' or 'We did something which shouldn't have happened.' They should have come forward. That is what they should have done, and they never did," he added.

As we reported earlier, the Ukrainian side of the joint investigation team, which is inquiring into the MH17 crash, is represented by four representatives of the Office of the Prosecutor General.

Related: Dutch Justice Ministry rejects Russia’s request on transfer of right to judge suspects in MH17 case



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