Trial over suspects in downed Boeing MH17 case to be held in Hague

Source : 112 Ukraine

Although nobody has been charged yet, the investigation is under way, and Hague is the place where the trial should be held
22:06, 6 September 2017

The trial over suspects in the downing of Boeing MH17 will take place in Hagues, as Stef Blok, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands said in the Dutch parliament, according to NOS.

”Court in Hague is the most logical choice for this trial,” he said, adding that the trial could be held not in Hague itself, but outside of the city.

Previously it had been agreed that the accused will be subjected to criminal prosecution based on the Dutch legislation.

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The criminal investigation on the circumstance of the catastrophe is still under way. Nobody has been announced a suspect and no charges have been pressed yet. It is still unclear whether the accused will be present in Hague.

“I don’t guarantee this, but we will do everything in our power,” Blok said.

The accused can be convicted in abstentia.

Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17, was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims,196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of other nine countries as well.

The international investigation group found out that the civilian aircraft was downed by the surface-to-air missile; it was fired from Buk, the anti-aircraft missile launcher, which belonged to a unit of the regular Russian army and was operated by servicemen of Russia’s armed forces. The group decided that the perpetrators of the tragedy will be judged in the Netherlands, namely in the ICCT.

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