Dutch to try suspects in Malaysia flight downed in Ukraine

Netherlands We will bring MH17 killers to justice here

Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said the Netherlands would continue to work with the other countries during the "prosecution phase" and that the trial would cover all of the victims.

The Dutch government announced Wednesday that it will prosecute the suspects accused of shooting down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Ukraine in 2014.

Previous year it was found by an worldwide criminal investigation that a missile was sacked at the plane from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher which had been brought in from Russian Federation.

Australia expressed support for the Netherlands handling the trial in a joint statement from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

Originally Malaysia wanted to set up an worldwide court to try suspects but Russian Federation vetoed a UN Security Council resolution.

"While we can not take away the grief of those who lost their loved ones because of this atrocious act, we are committed to holding the perpetrators to account and achieving justice for all the victims", they said in a statement.




A total of 298 people lost their lives when a missile struck their plane en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, over eastern Ukraine three years ago.

So far the investigations by the JIT and the Dutch Safety Board determined that the plane was shot down by a Russian BUK missile system that was sacked from a field controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

The Netherlands sought to form a United Nations tribunal, but Russian Federation, which denies any involvement in the tragedy, rejected that approach as politicized.

This is the decision of the five countries that make up a Joint Investigation Team to co-operate in an ongoing criminal investigation.

The Russian military has said data from radar in southern Russia showed that the missile that downed Flight 17 did not originate in rebel-controlled territory.

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