AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dozens of relations of the 298 victims of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, shot down over rebel-held jap Ukraine in 2014, will start giving testimony on Monday on the homicide trial of 4 fugitive suspects accused of finishing up the assault.
The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by what worldwide investigators and prosecutors say was a Russian surface-to-air missile..
Three Russians and a Ukrainian citizen, all suspected of having key roles in the separatist forces, are on trial for homicide. Moscow has refused to extradite these in Russia and denies all duty. The Dutch authorities holds Moscow accountable.
The airplane crashed in a subject in territory held by pro-Russian separatists combating towards Ukrainian forces.
The courtroom has scheduled three weeks to hear the relations’ converse and also will evaluate round 100 written statements offered by different relations.
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Ria van der Steen would be the first of 90 relations from eight international locations who might be allowed to tackle judges and defence attorneys in regards to the influence of the crash on their lives.
After years of gathering proof, a group of worldwide investigators concluded in May 2018 that the launcher used to hearth the missile belonged to Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade.
The fugitive suspects have been on trial for a 12 months and a half. Only one despatched attorneys to characterize him so the case isn’t thought-about to be totally tried in absentia below Dutch regulation.
Proceedings moved to a important stage in June when prosecutors started presenting proof and can begin calling witnesses.
(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg, Editing by William Maclean)
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