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ECHR might consider MH17 tragedy seven years, - lawyer

The court has received the lawsuits filed by the relatives of the victims of MH17 tragedy
10:21, 7 March 2019

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The European Court of Human Rights got a lawsuit from the relatives of the victims of MH17 tragedy, they are waiting for the date of proceeding’s start. Lawyer Veeru Mewa stated that, as Ukrinform reported.

“The process has started for us. We filed an application in late November. We are waiting for the date since. It is a long path. The consideration of the case might last for 5-7 years. The only thing we know for sure is that we will have to wait long,” Mewa wrote.

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According to him, the court is likely to say that it is banned to file a lawsuit directly to the ECHR.

The court might consider the case only after all the internal means of legal defence are used in compliance with the principles of the international law, and when six months passed since the final decision on the national level was made.

The lawyer stressed that the relatives had to file a lawsuit in the country the sue with.

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“But we explained it would be ineffective as Russia’s actions do not comply with the international law,” he added.

Mewa hopes the court will accept the case for consideration.

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“If the court gives permission, the trial will begin, and in this case, Russia will have to react to the lawsuit,” the lawyer added.

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.

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