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Three Russians and one Ukrainian to face MH17 murder charges

Last update: 20/06/2019
KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) — Four suspects will face murder charges over the death of 298 people, who were the passengers and crew onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, five years ago.

In a statement produced by Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Security, a trial due to start on March 2020 in the country.

“It has been decided that the Hague district court will hear the case, and that the hearings will take place at Justice Complex Schiphol,” said the statement which was made available online at https://www.government.nl/topics/mh17-incident/achieving-justice/the-criminal-investigation.

According to The New York Times reported on a news conference in the Netherlands on Wednesday, that the Dutch-led investigative team announced charges against Igor Girkin, a former colonel in the F.S.B., the successor agency to the K.G.B.; and Sergey Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov, both of whom had worked for the Russian military intelligence agency known as the G.R.U.

The news agency reported that prosecutors also charged Leonid Kharchenko, who is a Ukrainian citizen but led a Russian-backed separatist unit under the command of Mr. Dubinsky.

Flight MH17 which departed from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam on its way to Kuala Lumpur, was shot before crashing near Torez in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, about 40 kilometers from the Russian border on July 17, 2014.

The incident killed 298 people including 15 crew members.

Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said the team was convinced that a BUK TELAR missile was used to down MH17.


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