Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 Trial Starts, Evidence Presented

The hearing evidence against four suspected being involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine in 2014.

Dutch judges on Monday started the trial of three Russian suspects and a Ukrainian in the downing of MH17.

The four suspects, Russian nationals Oleg Pulatov, Igor Girkin and Sergei Dubinsky, and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko were all being tried in absentia. Among the suspects, only Pulatov has legal representation.

“The court will open the MH17 criminal trial proper and, through examining and discussing the content of the prosecution file, elucidate the key questions which it has already begun to address,” the court said in a statement.

“Was flight MH17 shot down by a BUK missile? Was a BUK missile fired from an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi? Did the accused play a role in this?” the statement added.

The trial started in March 2020 but it has still been dealing with legal arguments regarding the admissibility of evidence in the crash in which 298 passengers and crew were killed.

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