Netherlands: Victims' relatives arrive for second session of MH17 crash trial

Relatives of some of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 plane crash arrived at the Schiphol Judicial Complex in Amsterdam, on Tuesday. They attended the second session of the judicial case against four people accused of being involved om downing of aircraft over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Anton Kotti, relative of MH17 crash victims and head of a foundation for MH17 victims, said... Еще, «Yesterday it was the first step of a milestone in getting on with the trial, the criminal trial. Very important for us. And I was surprised the way they treated us in court. Like, empathy for the relatives, next-of-kin, and the whole process, and the reading of names — it was so impressive for me. And I thought to myself, 'Well, this is so well done by the court in The Netherlands.'» «I recognise that question of course, because we as a foundation have already long [have had] that question on the table. But on the request of all the next-to-kin, they said 'Please, let's first do the criminal against the four accused, and after that we are coming back with our questions about the airspace security.' So first things first. First the accused and after that the airspace situation,» he added. The charges stem from a Dutch-led international investigation which has concluded that the plane was shot down by a Russian-made missile, reportedly on the basis of communications intercepts provided by Ukrainian intelligence services. International arrest warrants have been issued for the three accused former Russian military officers, Oleg Pulatov, Igor Girkin, and Sergey Dubinskiy, as well as for Ukrainian national Leonid Kharchenko. Girkin was serving as Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People's Republic at the time with the other three men all working under him. Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin said that «Russia was not admitted to the investigation» and that its arguments are not being taken into account. Russian deputy Prosecutor general also said that Moscow provided the Netherlands with data from Russian radars as well as documentation «showing Ukraine's ownership of the missile that took down the plane.» Russia has denied all accusations that it was involved in the crash, which resulted in the deaths of all 298 people on board, and has stated that while the Buk missile used to down the Boeing 777 was manufactured in Moscow in 1986, it was subsequently delivered to the Ukrainian Army and never returned.

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