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US News Judge says downing of MH17 'almost incomprehensible' as murder trial begins

12:51  09 march  2020
12:51  09 march  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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MH 17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, when it was shot down by a missile fired Russia has denied any involvement. The judges ’ first order of business will be to verify whether Prosecutors say the suspects face preliminary charges of the murder of 298 people and of

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Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis attends the criminal trial against four suspects in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. © Reuters Presiding judge Hendrik Steenhuis attends the criminal trial against four suspects in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Three Russians and a Ukrainian went on trial in absentia in the Dutch capital on Monday charged with murder in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a surface-to-air missile. There were no survivors.

Prosecutors say the suspects helped arrange the Russian missile system used to shoot down MH17, a civilian aircraft, on July 17, 2014, over territory held by pro-Moscow rebels fighting Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

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MH 17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, when it was shot down by a missile fired Russia has denied any involvement. The judges ' first order of business will be to verify whether Prosecutors say the suspects face preliminary charges of the murder of 298 people and of

MH 17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, when it was shot down by a missile fired Russia has denied any involvement. The judges ' first order of business will be to verify whether Prosecutors say the suspects face preliminary charges of the murder of 298 people and of

Prosecutors Thijs Berger, Dedy Woei-a-Tsoi and Ward Ferdinandusse attend the criminal trial against four suspects in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. © Reuters Prosecutors Thijs Berger, Dedy Woei-a-Tsoi and Ward Ferdinandusse attend the criminal trial against four suspects in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The suspects, still at large, are believed to be in Russia.

"Many people have long waited for this day," presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said in opening remarks. "This tragic loss of so many lives has touched many all over the world.

"The court wants to say it realises the impact of the loss of so many human lives and that the way it happened was almost incomprehensible."

The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Rassipnoe, Ukraine. © Getty The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Rassipnoe, Ukraine.

The defendants, Russians Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Igor Girkin and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, had senior positions in the pro-Russian militias in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

The judges' first order of business was to verify whether the suspects had appointed lawyers to defend them and to lay out a timetable for the case to proceed.

The aircraft's downing led to sanctions against Russia by the European Union. It also heightened tension between Russia and Western powers who blame it for the disaster, which killed 196 Dutch, 43 Malaysian and 27 Australian nationals, among others.

Crash of flight MH17: a trial and empty chairs .
© PIROSCHKA VAN DE WOUW Installation of empty chairs in The Hague, Sunday, in tribute to the victims of the crash of MH17, the day before the opening of the trial. The trial opened on Monday on the case of the crash of flight MH17, which occurred in 2014. The four defendants, three Russians and one Ukrainian, are not present. One by one, the names of the 298 victims were listed by the prosecution of the Schiphol court, in the suburbs of Amsterdam. This Monday, at 10 a.m., the trial of the crash

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