In particular, Attorney General B. (Birgit) van Roessel has been added to the team of public prosecutors. Van Roessel has had a long career at the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service and is now fulltime employed at the MH17 team. She will also occasionally appear at the hearings in the Schiphol Judicial Complex (JCS).
It is reported that from this summer on, public prosecutor W. (Ward) Ferdinandusse will join the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor's Office, in addition to his position at the Public Prosecution Service. Ferdinandusse becomes Head of Investigations there. He remains involved in the MH17 trial until the verdict and will also stay present at the court sessions.
The criminal trial will continue on 6 September 2021. Relatives of the MH17 victims will exercise their right to speak during this period. The ruling in the case is expected in 2022 at the earliest.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in the skies over Donbas on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board - 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They all died. This disaster, in terms of the number of deaths, became the largest in the history of civilian aviation since September 11, 2001. At that time, the area where the plane crashed was controlled by pro-Russian militants.
On June 7, the Hague court began hearings on the merits of the case of the Malaysian plane MH17 downing over Donbas.