Netherlands to prosecute MH17 suspects


Netherlands to prosecute MH17 suspects

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Wednesday announced suspects in the July 2014 incident would be prosecuted in the Netherlands, though none have so far been named.

A total of 298 people lost their lives when a missile struck their plane en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over eastern Ukraine three years ago. Most were Dutch citizens.

Previous year it was found by an worldwide criminal investigation that a missile was sacked at the plane from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher which had been brought in from Russian Federation.

Now the countries leading the joint investigation team - Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine - have agreed that any trials will be carried out within the Dutch legal system.

Russian Federation disputes those findings and accuses the JIT of ignoring evidence in their determination to blame Moscow for the tragedy.

Liow Tiong Lai made the remarks after it was reported that those responsible for shooting down MH17 almost three years ago in eastern Ukraine may face prosecution in the Netherlands, where the majority of the 283 passengers on board the flight were coming from.

The investigation was also hampered by "a great deal of disinformation and attempts to discredit the investigation".

"Nevertheless, major results have been achieved", Koenders said, including "the report of the investigation by the Dutch Safety Board and the JIT's presentation of findings in September 2016".

The Dutch Foreign Ministry did not identify eventual suspects to prosecute.

In the hours and days after the disaster, Russian media broadcast weird conspiracy theories about MH17, including speculation that Ukraine had targeted the airliner thinking it was Vladimir Putin's presidential jet; that it was a spy plane; and that it was filled with dead bodies and crashed intentionally to discredit Russia and its separatist proxies.



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