The foreign Ministry explained why the trial of MH17 will give the Netherlands

The decision to implement criminal proceedings in the case of the crash of flight MH17 in the framework of the Dutch legal system was adopted by the States parties to the investigation. This is stated in the commentary of the MFA of Ukraine.

A joint decision was taken by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine. Because Russia in 2015 has blocked a resolution of the UN security Council to establish an international Tribunal to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Downing of the plane, it was decided to create another mechanism.

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“In this regard, having considered the various options of creating a mechanism for the prosecution and based on the findings of the JIT investigation, the country conducting the investigation, decided to implement the criminal proceedings in the Downing of flight MH17 in the legal system of the Netherlands”, – is spoken in the message.

The basis for the implementation of this step will be an agreement between Ukraine and Netherlands on international legal cooperation in relation to crimes associated with the crash of flight MH-17. To sign a document should be July 7, 2017.

“The agreement provides for the practical aspects of the transfer of jurisdiction from Ukraine to the Netherlands, makes possible the participation of all crime suspects in the Dutch trial. The countries participating in the JIT shared the perception that the criminal proceedings in the Netherlands will be held at a high professional level, objectively and impartially”, – stated in the message.

To build the trial will be on the results of the investigation of the Joint group, but it will not mean the end of investigative actions. Countries will continue to cooperate in bringing criminals to justice.

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“States members of the Collaborative group will also make efforts to attract the widest possible international support, including by the principal organs of the United Nations. Transfer of criminal proceedings in the Netherlands is an important step towards the establishment of justice”, – concluded the foreign Ministry.

Recall, 17 July 2014 in the area of armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine was hit Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines, carrying out flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The tragedy occurred in the Eastern Donetsk region near the village of Hrabove, near Torez. All 298 people who were on Board were killed.

The investigation revealed that “Boeing” was shot down by a missile 9M38 series used in anti-aircraft missile complex “Buk”. The plant was delivered from Russia and launched from the territory, which was then controlled by the militants. Fragments of the rocket series of “Buk” was discovered during the autopsies of crew members, and in one of the window openings of the cockpit.

The international investigation team managed to identify most of the route, which SAM “Buk” went to the territory of Ukraine, as well as the route of its movement in the opposite direction. According to investigators, the complex was moved from Russia into Eastern Ukraine and later deported back to Russia on white trucks Volvo.

Insights of MSG in fact, coincide with the results of the investigation group Bellingcat – expert-journalistic organizations involved in independent investigations from public sources.