Representatives of Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine signed an agreement in which they confirmed their political support and commitment to cooperation to punish those responsible for the MH17 crash. This is stated in a message on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
"By signing this agreement, the parties reaffirmed their commitment to the prosecution and organization of the trial of suspects and agreed to continue cooperation to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2166," the ministry said.
Five countries are already working together in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is engaged in criminal investigation of the tragedy.
Earlier this year, the JIT decided that the trial of suspects would be organized in the Netherlands.
"The JIT is committed to punishing the perpetrators, and this agreement is a direct evidence of this. In July, we decided that charges would be brought in the Netherlands under Dutch law, but with the active support of the international community. After all, this is done not only in the interests of the Dutch victims of the tragedy, but for all the other people who died in the plane crash. The death of 298 innocent people should not go unpunished," Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said.
Earlier it was reported that trial over suspects in downed Boeing MH17 case to be held in Hague. Although nobody has been charged yet, the investigation is under way, and Hague is the place where the trial should be held.
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 other nine countries as well.
The international investigation group found out that the civilian aircraft was downed by the surface-to-air missile; it was fired from Buk, the anti-aircraft missile launcher, which belonged to a unit of the regular Russian army and was operated by servicemen of Russia’s armed forces. The group decided that the perpetrators of the tragedy will be judged in the Netherlands, namely in the ICCT.