Prosecution on MH17 to bring justice: Malaysia

Dutch Foreign Ministry Says MH17 Suspects To Be Prosecuted In Dutch Court

The trials of any suspects arrested in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine will be held in the Netherlands, Dutch officials announced on Wednesday.

Of the 283 passengers and 15 crew members who died when the flight was shot down on July 17 2014, 196 people were Dutch nationals.

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko welcomed the decision and pledged his country's full support for the Dutch prosecution, which came about after Russian Federation vetoed efforts to create an global tribunal through the United Nations.

Russian Federation has rejected the JIT's conclusions.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Malaysia together with its Joint Investigation Team (JIT) partners, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine and Australia had agreed that the prosecution takes place in the Netherlands as an effective process for ensuring accountability in compliance with the highest global standards.

Dutch Foreign Ministry Says MH17 Suspects To Be Prosecuted In Dutch Court

Interim JIT findings confirmed an earlier technical report by the Dutch Safety Board that the aircraft was undeniably hit by a surface-to-air missile.

An global criminal investigation determined in 2016 that a missile, fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, struck the plane as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July 2014.

Koenders said the decision to conduct the trial in a Dutch court was made by the countries jointly investigating the crash - Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine, and the Netherlands. "That remains the highest priority for the Dutch government".

Russian Federation denies involvement, pointing to the finger to the Ukraine. They have also identified the Russian soldiers who they believe brought the missile system into Ukraine.

The ministry's announcement on July 5 did not name the suspects in the July 17, 2014, tragedy, which killed 298 people from 17 different countries.

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