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MH17: Four charged with shooting down plane


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For the first time since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014, prosecutors have announced charges against suspects in the case.

Three Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with bringing a missile into the area in eastern Ukraine and with murdering 298 passengers and crew.

Passenger flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine.

A court case will begin in the Netherlands on 9 March 2020.

International arrest warrants have been issued for the four men.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48691488

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So they're going to charge individuals?  What about charging Russia with bringing the missile system into the Ukraine to begin with?  I see nothing ultimately happening here.

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Flight MH17: Russia hits out at 'groundless' murder charges over downing of plane

https://news.sky.com/story/flight-mh17-four-charged-with-murder-over-downing-of-malaysia-airlines-jet-11744854

 

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4 hours ago, OverSword said:

So they're going to charge individuals?  What about charging Russia with bringing the missile system into the Ukraine to begin with?  I see nothing ultimately happening here.

Sure nothing will come of it as Russia will no doubt protect the perpetrators. Its about sending a message, same as issuing arrest warrants for the two agents who tried to murder the Skripals. 

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That's not shocking.  Does Russia have extradition agreement with the country these guys would be tried in I wonder?

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4 hours ago, OverSword said:

So they're going to charge individuals?  What about charging Russia with bringing the missile system into the Ukraine to begin with?  I see nothing ultimately happening here.

Thats a good question.

As Russia isn't officially in the Ukraine (its soldiers have Russia Federation badges removed) it means its personnel in the country are illegal combatants. That means they can be charged and prosecuted for terrorism or murder. Nothing will happen with the international arrest warrants because Russia wont hand over its men.

I`m surprised the Dutch prosecutors wasted their time over this because it achieves nothing. Russia will not officially declare war on the Ukraine and it wont give up its personnel. All this does is add a bit more incentive to keep the Russians isolated so they cannot build any bridges.

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Vladimir Putin to hold national phone-in after Russians charged over MH17

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/20/vladimir-putin-to-hold-national-phone-in-after-russians-charged-over-mh17

 

Putin holds annual Direct Line Q&A in Moscow

https://www.rt.com/on-air/462278-putin-annual-direct-line/

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MH17: Driver who transported missile that downed Malaysia Airlines flight jailed

Ukrainian security services have confirmed the driver of a truck that transported the missile which shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has been in jail since 2017.

An official from Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) Vitaly Mayakov told reporters at a press conference that the service had tracked down a man from Donestk, who was approached by separatists and asked to tow the missile.

Mr Mayakov, who is part of the SBU's Chief Investigative Department, said the man had been in prison since 2017 and is now serving a sentence.

He did not, however, name the driver or explain why the information had not been released earlier.

https://news.sky.com/story/mh17-driver-who-transported-missile-that-downed-malaysia-airlines-flight-jailed-11765128

 

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Update/Related news.... (emphasis mine)

"Dutch detectives have appealed for information about Russian officials who may have been involved in the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and released recordings linking the chief suspects to Moscow.

"The Joint Investigation Team, which contains detectives from five countries affected by the disaster, on Thursday released new audio recordings of intercepted conversations that it said suggested pro-Russian militants charged with deploying the missile were directed from Russia, despite Kremlin claims to the contrary. "

At the UK Telegraph: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/14/mh17-probe-releases-new-phone-calls-linking-suspects-russian/

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"Protesters in The Hague lined up 298 chairs to symbolize each of the victims of the shot-down passenger jet.

"On Monday, four men are going on trial in absentia over their alleged involvement in the 2014 disaster. "

At DW Germany: https://www.dw.com/en/mh17-relatives-hold-empty-chair-protest-in-front-of-russian-embassy/a-52683814

And the Washington Times: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/8/mh17-relatives-protest-russian-actions-with-298-em/

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Russia is withdrawing from talks with Australia and the Netherlands over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, accusing both countries of not wanting to establish what really happened.

ABC Australia

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