MH17 court verdict expected on Nov. 17

15 August, 06:04 PM
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed on July 17, 2014 (Photo:Claus Blok Thomsen/Flickr)

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed on July 17, 2014 (Photo:Claus Blok Thomsen/Flickr)

A Dutch court will hand down its verdict in the case of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine on Nov. 17, Reuters reported on Aug. 15.

The prosecution says that the accused – one Ukrainian and three Russian citizens – are responsible for delivering the Buk anti-air missile system that was used to shoot down the airliner from Russia to Ukraine.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing-777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by the Russian military over a non-government-controlled area of the Donbas. There were no survivors among the 283 passengers and 15 crew members.

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The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that MH17 was downed by a Buk SAM launched from around the city of Snizhne, Donetsk Oblast. Investigators say that the missile system was supplied and delivered to eastern Ukraine by Russia.

In early 2020 Dutch prosecutors charged four individuals in the MH17 case, who are often referred to in evidence materials by their noms de guerre: Sergey “Hmuriy” Dubinsky, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, Oleg “Guyrza” Pulatov and Leonid “Krot” Kharchenko.

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