Defence lawyers in the MH17 downing trial addressed the court on Monday during the seventh hearing at the Schiphol Judicial Complex in the Netherlands. They questioned the quality of the investigation used by the prosecution and said only «further investigation will shed a light» in the case.
A lawyer representing Oleg Pulatov, one of the suspects, claimed that investigative tasks at the crash site «were extremely complicated and at the beginning, they were not even possible, only about 30 per cent of the wreckage of the aircraft has been recovered and it was not possible to recover them in a way that would be appropriate for forensic research.»
«At the crash site, it was not possible to carry out any forensic investigation and prosecution were not able to seal the crash site off from the outside world. For almost four months after the disaster, the crash was left untouched, this means is not impossible that evidence may have been lost, maybe manipulated or could even have been planted,» lawyer Boudewijn van Eijck said.
The defence also presented a video to suggest that the Ukrainian air force «used civilian flights as human shield when bombing military targets in Eastern Ukraine.»
Van Eijck went on to say that is still unknown who gave the instruction for the missile to be launched and for what purpose.
The defence is expected to take a day and a half to present arguments.
Prosecutors are accusing three Russians and one Ukrainian of being involved in the deploying of a missile that downed the aircraft, killing 298 people on board.
The hearings are taking place in The Netherlands because nearly all of the passengers were Dutch citizens. MH17 departed from Schiphol Airport and was set for Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, before being shot down while flying over eastern Ukraine.
Mandatory credit: District Court of the Hague