Dutch Foreign Minister states MH17 case suspect Tsemakh’s release raises many questions

Source : 112 Ukraine

The minister refused to comment on this situation with details
18:29, 5 September 2019

Stef Blok, the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands
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Foreign Minister of the Netherlands Stef Blok states that he stays “in close contact” with the Ukrainian authorities on the release of MH17 case suspect Volodymyr Tsemakh, as Leeuwarder Courant reported.

“We are in the loop,” Blok said.

However, the minister refused to unveil the details.

Blok said that the messages from Kyiv “raise numerous questions.” He also did not want to report whether the Netherlands knew about the release earlier.

Related: Ukraine passes materials on MH17 tragedy to Netherlands

The Appeal Court released key suspect in MH17 case Volodymyr Tsemakh on personal recognizance. Prosecutor believes that Tsemakh may return to occupied Donbas.

On September 3, 2019, the court extended the arrest of Tsemakh, as his lawyer Roman Hontarev reported.

The Netherlands appealed to Ukraine with a request to prevent the extradition of suspect in MH17 case investigation Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia.

On July 17, 2019, the Security Service of Ukraine stated that it detained Volodymyr Tsemakh, the ex-militant of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), involved in the transportation of Buk missile system, which downed MH17. He was detained during the crossing of the border with Russian controlled by Ukraine.

Related: Netherlands asks Ukraine not to transfer possible MH17 case suspect Tsemakh to Russia

Tsemakh knew the commanders of the militants, details of the operations and transportation of the weapons. He also might become the key witness in the trial in the Netherlands.

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 another nine countries as well.

The governments of Australia and the Netherlands officially accused Russia of being behind the disaster.

Related: MH17 case: 40 MEPs appeals to Zelensky not to extradite suspect Tsemakh to Russia

Earlier, it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands would press charges on MH17 crash in Donbas in June 2014, against Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Serhiy Dubynsky, Oleg Pulatov, and Leonid Kharchenko.

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