More than eight years after the downing of Flight MH17 and more than 2.5 years since the trials of the first four suspects began, the court will deliver its verdict on Thursday. On July 17, 2014, a Malaysia Airlines flight from Schiphol to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died, including about 200 Dutch.
Pro-Russian separatists deployed BUK missiles to bring down the plane, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM). Maybe they didn’t realize it was a passenger plane.
After years of international research, OM indicted four men: Rebel leader Igor Gherkin, his right-hand man Sergey Dubinsky, assistant Oleg Platov, garrison commander Leonid Chalchenko. These three of his Russians and Ukrainians are charged with causing the deaths of all 298 of his people aboard MH17. According to OM they Installation of BUK missilesAt that time there was an armed conflict going on in the area. OM demanded life imprisonment for all four.
The suspect did not appear in court during the trial. Only Platov hired a lawyer as his representative.offal deny any involvement and called an investigation against him Untrusted“The evidence presented by the prosecution is inconclusive, unreliable, in some respects speculative, and overall insufficient to serve as the basis for the court’s judgment,” Platov said this year. In his opening video message, he said, “I want a fair and just verdict. Please.” acquit me”
The court will deliver its sentence at 1:30 pm on Thursday at the judicial complex near Schiphol. The required time is expected to be about 2 hours.
Piet Ploeg, a relative of MH17, chairman of Stichting Vliegramp MH17, hopes the verdict will provide answers for the loved ones of the victims. But he doesn’t think the ruling will close this chapter for him. How, who and especially why?
More than 200 relatives are expected to attend the verdict on Thursday, Ploeg said. Others follow via live stream. Plogue does not dare to make any predictions about the outcome of the incident, but hopes that more will be revealed about Russia’s role. There was. And the answers to those questions would have to come.”
OM has established that MH17 was shot down with a BUK missile from farmland in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The BUK system was said to have been brought to Ukraine from Russia because the separatists were suffering heavy losses, he said. If the court actually concludes that the firing location was farmland and that the BUK system was imported from Russia, this would say something about Russia’s role, Plog explained. “When we are involved as a nation, we cannot get away with it.”
Relatives want to know what happened. “And that justice has been served,” Plogue said. He lost his brother, sister-in-law, and son in the crash. “And this also has to do with general flight safety.” The chairman of Stichting Vliegramp MH17 attended nearly every court. He missed some due to illness.
He is clear about whether the ruling can create a sense of closure. “But I hope people give them some space to keep their distance. Find a way to carry on, even with the potential for appeal. I hope they do.”