Netherlands: A court in Amsterdam has ruled on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane

World Yesterday, November 17 (13:55) Update: Yesterday, November 17 (15:56) The verdict was announced in the case of the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine in 2014. A Dutch court confirmed that the plane was shot down by a Russian-made missile and ruled that the Russian Federation controlled the separatists at the time, Reuters reported. The court found Sergei Dubinsky, Igor Girkin and Leonid Kharchenko guilty of shooting down the plane and sentenced them to life imprisonment. A Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in 2014 by a Russian missile fired from eastern Ukraine, a Dutch court said on Thursday. Four pro-Russian separatists were charged in the trial for the deaths of the passengers and crew of MH17. Three suspects, Russians Sergei Dubinsky and Igor Girkin, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, are guilty of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (MH17) over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members, the Hague District Court has ruled sentenced them to life imprisonment. At the same time, the court acquitted Russian Oleg Pulatov, stating that “there is no evidence that he contributed in any way to the deployment of the missile system.” All the accused were tried in absentia. “The court is of the opinion that MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile from a farm field near Pervomaysk, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members,” said Hendrik Steenhuis, presiding judge. The presiding judge stressed that according to the court, Russia exercised control over the rebellious Donetsk People’s Republic, which was proclaimed in eastern Ukraine a few months before the disaster. There were no defendants in the courtroom, only the lawyer of one of them, Oleg Pulatov from Russia, appeared. Relatives of the victims were present in large numbers, some flew from as far as Australia to hear the verdict. Pulatov’s lawyers had previously argued that the prosecutor’s office was manipulated by the Ukrainian security service. – The court does not share this argumentation and states that the prosecutor’s office conducted an independent investigation – said the judge reading the verdict and added that the court was not influenced and the trial was fair. On July 17, 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down in eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile. The presiding judge stressed that according to the court, Russia exercised control over the rebellious Donetsk People’s Republic, which was proclaimed in eastern Ukraine a few months before the disaster. The Russians Sergei Dubinsky, Igor Girkin and Oleg Pulatov, as well as the Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, were accused of causing the deaths of all those present on board the plane. Prosecutors are asking for a life sentence for all the accused. The evidence presented by the investigators comes from intercepted telephone conversations, witness statements, photos and videos of the transport of the rocket. In addition, a lot of research into the wreckage of the plane was carried out (it was reconstructed from the remains that were transported to the Netherlands) and beyond any doubt it was established that the plane was hit by a Buk missile. Russia has consistently denied any involvement in the crash and has repeatedly rejected the investigators’ findings. The Russian side also denies that the then government supported the rebels in Ukraine who were fighting the government forces. 193 Dutch, 43 Malaysians, 38 Australians and passengers from Indonesia, Belgium, Great Britain and Germany lost their lives in the tragedy. source

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