Xinhua News Agency, The Hague/Moscow, November 18 (Reporter Wang Xiangjiang and Zhao Bing) The Hague District Court in the Netherlands issued a default judgment on the 17th for 4 suspects involved in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 air crash. Among them, 2 Russians and 1 Ukrainian were sentenced to life imprisonment. , and one other person was acquitted. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the same day saying that the judgment was "unjust" and was based on political motives.
According to the judgment of the Hague District Court, the three suspects who were sentenced to life imprisonment are believed to have organized, commanded and implemented the activities that led to the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17, and they were key responsible for the air crash. The three were also ordered by the court to pay a total of more than 16 million euros in compensation to the relatives of the victims.
The verdict also showed that the fourth suspect, a Russian, was acquitted because there was no evidence to prove his involvement in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on its official website on the 17th, saying that the Hague District Court selectively accepted the materials of the MH17 case, and the judgment reflected that the relevant trials were based on political motives.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that all the conclusions of the Dutch prosecution are based on the testimony of anonymous witnesses with confidential identities, as well as information from suspicious sources and materials submitted by interested parties – the Ukrainian National Security Agency, while the documents declassified by the Russian Ministry of Defense have not be considered. The Hague District Court's decision "has the greatest potential to be one of the most scandalous trials in the history of legal proceedings".
On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and crashed in Ukraine near the border with Russia. All 298 people on board were killed, including 196 Dutch nationals. In September 2016, a joint investigation team formed by the Netherlands, Malaysia, Ukraine, Belgium, and Australia released a report stating that the passenger plane was hit by a "Buk" missile and crashed from a village controlled by pro-Russian armed forces in eastern Ukraine. launched. Russia has firmly denied responsibility for the downing of flight MH17 and accused the joint investigation team of prejudice against Russia.
On June 19, 2019, the Netherlands-led joint investigation team for the air crash announced the filing of criminal proceedings against four suspects involved in the case, and the four suspects were charged with murder. On March 9, 2020, the District Court of The Hague officially opened a hearing on the case.
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