One of the four suspects charged in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 denied having seen a Buk missile at the time as he appeared in via video as the trial into the case continued at the Schiphol Judicial Complex, in Badhoevedorp, on Tuesday.
«No, I haven't seen a Buk missile so I can't comment on it. At least there were no Buk in my subservient departments,» said defendant Oleg Pulatov, as he appeared via videolink.
Pulatov also said in a pre-recorded statement that he only heard of the presence of a Buk missile system in the Donetsk region later, saying «the fact that the Donbas militia allegedly had a Buk missile system, I found out from news releases in July 19, 2014.»
«On July 16, 2014, I was in the district of Stepanovka-Marinovka. To be more precise, it is about 2-3 kilometres (1.2 — 1.8 miles) west of the village of Stepanovka,» he added.
«In the prosecution response in June of this year, the response to the earlier investigation request section 13 so the prosecution identifying potential sources of evidence which the charge, they say, was based on. Among this is the forensic evidence that the prosecution says shows that a Buk missile was used and puts beyond doubt», explained Pulatov's laywer, Boudewijn van Eijck.
Prosecutors have accused three Russians and one Ukrainian of being involved in the deployment of a missile that downed flight MH17 on July 17 2014 over eastern Ukraine, resulting in the deaths of the 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.
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