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International investigators did not question Tsemakh before release, - JIT

The Appeal Court released key suspect in MH17 case Volodymyr Tsemakh on personal recognizance
17:15, 5 September 2019

BBC

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) did not question suspect in MH17 case Volodymyr Tsemakh before his release as Radio Liberty reported citing JIT Spokesperson Brechtje van de Moosdijk.

According to JIT spokeswoman, ex-militants of Donetsk People’s Republic Tsemakh is “a person interesting for the investigation”. Besides, she expressed the regret on his release as the investigators are not able anymore to question him.

“We would like to talk to him but know it will be difficult. We would like him to stay in Ukraine to talk to him. It does not mean that MH17 case investigation will be stopped; it will continue. But we regret if we will not be able to talk to him,” Moosdijk said.

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

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

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

Later 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.

It was reported that 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.

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

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.

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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