SCHIPHOL /The Netherlands/, November 18. /TASS/. A joint investigation team may announce new results of the investigation into the Boeing crash in Ukraine next spring, Brechtje van de Moosdijk, a spokeswoman for the Dutch prosecutor's office, told TASS on Thursday.
"And about new cases: the joint investigation team will somewhere in the spring of 2023 probably announce the results of the further investigation into the MH17 case," she said.
On Thursday, a Dutch court sentenced three of the four defendants, who were not present at the trial, to life imprisonment in the case of the MH17 flight disaster that occurred over Ukraine in July 2014. The verdict was announced on Thursday by Judge Hendrik Steenhuis. Earlier, the court found the former head of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s militia Igor Girkin (Strelkov) and his subordinates Sergey Dubinsky and Leonid Kharchenko guilty of involvement in the incident. The fourth defendant, Oleg Pulatov, represented by two Dutch lawyers, was acquitted.
Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing-777 (passenger flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur) was shot down on July 17, 2014 over the Donetsk Region of Ukraine, killing 298 people — citizens of ten countries. The Joint Investigation Team announced in June 2019 that it had established a list of four suspected accomplices. Their trial began on March 9, 2020. All of them were accused of delivering a Buk anti-aircraft system to Ukraine from Russia. The prosecutors demanded life imprisonment for all. The defendants were tried in absentia.
Russian officials have repeatedly expressed distrust towards the investigation team, pointing to the groundlessness of the prosecution’s arguments and reluctance to take Moscow’s arguments into account in the course of the investigation.