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Proceedings on merit of case regarding downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 expected to start in February 2021

The International Criminal Court’s case review of the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in the sky of Donbas on July 17, 2014, may begin in February-March of next year. Those plans were announced on Friday, June 26, at a hearing by Prosecutor Ward Ferdinandusse.
The decision came when the Netherlands court continued the hearing in the case of the shooting down of the Boeing passenger aircraft, flight MH17, which killed 283 passengers and 15 crew. Themis officials will try to make a decision on defence requests for an investigation by July 3 – the end of this round of hearings. In addition, prosecutors in the Netherlands will respond to the defence.
“We suggest that the court decides on the preliminary schedule(s) of further hearings … According to them, we can begin consideration of the case on the merits in February-March 2021,” the prosecutor said.
He added that if the investigation of suspect Oleg Pulatov’s case is not completed by this time, the trial of the case against the three other defendants may begin. In this case, relatives of the victims could be heard in May-June 2021.
The decision was announced on Friday, June 26, when the Netherlands court continued the hearing in the case of the shooting down of the Boeing passenger aircraft, flight MH17.
Themis officials will try to make a decision on defence requests for an investigation by July 3 – the end of this round of hearings. In addition, prosecutors in the Netherlands will respond to the defence.

 

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