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Ukraine authorized to execute MH17-related sentences, - Dutch parliament

18:49, 13 June 2018

The Dutch Parliament has approved the agreement with Ukraine, which foresees that sentences regarding the MH17 disaster in Donbas may be executed in Ukraine. According to Deutsche Welle, the guilty verdicts may be executed in Ukraine unless the judged individuals are handed over to the Netherlands.

'The approval of the agreement is an important step towards the search of the truth and brining the suspects to the court, which meets the requirements of the victims' families', Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said.

The agreement is also supposed to make the prosecution of the suspects easier, as it allows the use of video conference mode.

The document also stipulates that the trial will be held in the Dutch court - most likely, in the Hague.

As is known, Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur, when it crashed in the militant-held area of Donetsk region in July 2014. The aircraft carried 298 people; no one survived. Experts found out that the passenger plane was shot down by a missile, fired from Buk, the Russia-made anti-aircraft missile launcher. The weapon was brought to Donbas by pro-Kremlin militants. Moscow has been denying any ties to the disaster.

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