“Usually, the court needs two weeks to deliver a sentence but it is impossible in this case. That is why the decision will not be delivered in June 2022. It is unknown how much time it will take so the court booked three dates: September 22, and if it is not ready, November 17 or December 15, 2022,” Steenhuis noted.
He added that the court will provide the word to the relatives of the deceased in the MH17 tragedy. The court gave three weeks for the testimony of over 90 people.
On June 7, 2021, the Hague court began hearings on the merits of the case of the Malaysian plane MH17 downing over Donbas.
On June 8, as the Dutch court keeps looking into the MH17 case, the jury received pieces of evidence that confirm that the civilian airplane was shot by the missile. In turn, that projectile was fired from the launch site located in the militant-controlled part of Donbas.
There are four defendants in this case: Igor Girkin, former Russian military officer and ex-Defense Minister of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic"; Major General Sergei Dubinsky; Colonel Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatov is the only one who cooperates with the court; a group of lawyers represents his interests.
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.