Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the MH17 verdict “brings us one step closer to finding truth and justice for the victims and surviving relatives”. Three suspects were sentenced to life imprisonment and a fourth suspect was acquitted of all charges related to the disaster.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 people. Most of them were Dutch citizens. A court found that the plane was shot down by a Russian Buk missile.
The ruling is not the final piece of the puzzle, according to the prime minister. “The verdict is not irrevocable as all parties are now able to appeal.” But an “important step” has been taken, he added.
Now that the MH17 trial has delivered its verdict, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are thinking of all the relatives of the victims. The royal family made this known in a response distributed on Twitter. I hope it gives you room for
Ukraine said the Dutch court’s ruling that a Russian-made missile shot down MH17 was an important signal. It is a sign to the world, including Russia, that all war crimes committed by Russians are being recorded, investigated and brought to justice, the Ukrainians concluded.
President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that those responsible need consequences, because “a sense of impunity leads to new crimes”. said it was inevitable.
Ukraine was invaded by Russia eight years ago. Russia occupied Crimea and either invaded the eastern part of the country or supported separatist movements there. Russia launched a new offensive earlier this year. Russians say they support pro-Russian militants in areas where rockets were fired at a Boeing 777 airliner in 2014.
Justice Minister Dylan Yesirgoz also does not see the MH17 ruling as the final piece in the airliner case. During the discussion, the Minister referred to the pending lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights.
“The Netherlands will continue to fight with its allies for truth, justice and accountability to all who have been touched by this tragedy,” the minister said. She also said her thoughts are with the relatives of the victims of the plane crash.
The verdict in the MH17 case “shows that justice has prevailed,” said Minister of Defense Kaisa Oronguren. According to the minister, this is not only important for close relatives, but also for employees of the Dutch Ministry of Defense.
“Defense personnel have, among other things, contributed to the dignified repatriation [of remains]Thanks to them and many others, we are now marking a crucial moment of truth, justice and accountability to victims and their families.”