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Dutch prosecutor seeks life imprisonment for down MH17 flight

Three Russians and one Ukrainian have been accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people.

The attack killed everyone on board, most of them Dutch citizens. (Reuters)

Dutch prosecutors demanded life imprisonment for three Russians and one Ukrainian charged with shooting down a jet passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 people.

They said all defendants helped supply the missile system used by pro-Russian separatists to launch rockets on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

“We have been convicted of suspects (Igor) Gherkin, (Sergei) Du Binsky, (Oleg) Platov, and (Leonid) Kalchenko for the joint shooting down of an aircraft that caused 298 deaths and murders on board. I demand that I receive it. Life imprisonment. “

The attack killed everyone on board, most of them Dutch citizens. The Dutch government is responsible for Russia. Moscow officials have denied involvement.

After years of evidence gathering, in May 2018, the launcher on his way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur concluded that he was part of Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade.

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Prosecutor’s case

Prosecutors said Wednesday that evidence showed that the man had a relationship with Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine and played a different but important role in the incident that led to the shooting down of the jet.

Russians Pulatov, Dubinsky, Girkin, and Ukrainian Kharchenko have all denied involvement in video messages or media interviews presented in court.

Relying on satellite images, social media posts, and intercepted phone calls, prosecutors say four men worked together to introduce the Buk missile system from Russia to eastern Ukraine, strengthening separatists. increase.

In a court recording earlier this week, we hear a man identified by the prosecution as a suspect discussing moving “our buku” to the field from where Flight MH17 was attacked. Was completed.

They then celebrated the success of “our boys” when they accidentally dropped what they thought was a Ukrainian military aircraft.

The target turned out to be MH17.

The prosecutor claimed that it was legally no different that he intended to shoot a military aircraft.

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“Even if the suspects did not intend the consequences of their actions, those consequences still count in their judgment,” Ridderbeks said.

Their trial began 20 months ago. Only Platov sent a lawyer to represent him, but other lawyers did not cooperate with the court and were in absentia.

Closing arguments from Platov’s lawyers are scheduled for March and will be verdicted by the end of 2022.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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