Wednesday 25 May 2022
Home International & #039; Russians are trying to thwart the trial against MH17 suspects & #039;

"Russians try to thwart the trial against MH17 suspects"

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has strong indications that Russia is obstructing the investigation into the downing of flight MH17. Witnesses feel threatened and fear for their lives. Russian secret agents would also have tried to commit computer burglary.

That is what the public prosecutor said on the second day of the criminal trial in the heavily protected court at Schiphol began, reports the Belgian newspaper De Tijd. "The facts cast a dark shadow over this investigation. There is strong evidence that Russia is keen to sabotage it. "

The fate of the anonymous witnesses, who made incriminating statements for Russia, is particularly worrying. The officer called it "a realistic scenario" that the Russian intelligence services are trying to find out their identity, putting their lives at stake. He pointed out that the Russian intelligence services were previously behind some murders on European soil.

In the first trial of the July 2014 events, four suspects - three Russians and one Ukrainian - are on trial for their involvement in the transportation and deployment of the Buk launch installation that brought down the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines over Eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died. Most of them were Dutch.

The four suspects - Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Poelatov and Leonid Chartsjenko - risk lifelong murder and the destruction of an aircraft, but are not accused of firing the rocket themselves. Probably unknown Russian soldiers did that. None of the four suspects is present at the trial. They are probably staying in Russia, but that is not going to be extradited.

The trial in the Netherlands came after an attempt to set up a UN tribunal had collided with a Russian veto in the Security Council. Russia did, however, agree with the Security Council to launch an international investigation. At the suggestion of the Netherlands, a JIT research team was set up from the five most involved countries: the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia, Australia and Ukraine.

To Moscow's great anger, Russia did not get a seat on that JIT team, with which Dutch Prime Minister Rutte would have been put in suspect bank in advance. Russia subsequently rejected all investigations and findings of the JIT investigation.

Central to the trial against the four suspects is now a 36,000-page file of the Joint Investigation Team. Their conclusion is that MH17 was shot from a Buk launcher that was brought from Russia to Eastern Ukraine.

Russia has been spreading all kinds of denials and alternative versions of the facts since the incident. It claimed for a long time that the plane was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter plane, and even produced fake satellite images. Later it was said that the Ukrainians had taken the device down.

Popular

Boris Johnson is going to ask EU for another Brexit delay

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to request the EU postponement for the Brexit, now that the ...

Brexit delay: three days, weeks or months? Or longer and also a referendum?

The European Union is ready to postpone Britain for another three months if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ...

Denmark agrees to construct Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

Denmark is the last European country to agree to the route for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Ukrainian export of chicken breast + bone from now on legally to EU market

The almost unlimited import of Ukrainian poultry meat comes to an end. The Association Agreement with the Eastern European country is thus amended ...

Croatia also wants the euro and visa-free Schengen zone as soon as possible

The Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković made it clear that Croatia, the newest EU newcomer, is joining the inner circles of ...

Just in

No vaccination of EU poultry against bird flu this year

The Agriculture Ministers of the 27 EU countries have unanimously approved a strategy to enable vaccination of chickens against bird flu....

EU consultation on 'agricultural money' for much more European biogas

The 27 EU-LNV ministers can discuss his plan for extra income support for farmers with Agriculture Commissioner Janus Wojciechowski on Tuesday. Last Friday, he...

EU eases customs process to accelerate Ukrainian exports

The European Parliament has approved the temporary suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian products, in order to boost the country's exports.

EFSA cannot take over all national tests for new substances

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has insufficient budget to fully complete the assessment of new agricultural products of all 27 EU countries across...

American fields polluted with PFAS from contaminated sewage sludge as manure

In the United States, some 20 million hectares of cropland may have been contaminated by PFAS-contaminated sewage sludge used as fertilizer...